A Met detective employed as a child abuse investigator has admitted sexually touching a girl under the age of 13.

Detective Constable Christopher Maitland pleaded guilty today at London’s Southwark Crown Court to two counts of sexually touching the child in the summer of 2005.

The 40-year-old, who works in the Metropolitan Police’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, is currently suspended from duty.

Wearing a grey jumper and standing with his hands clasped and head bowed, Maitland spoke only to plead guilty to both charges.

He had pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in March to five charges of taking and seven charges of making indecent images of a child.

It is alleged the officer had 818 indecent images and videos, ranging from the most serious category A to the lowest category C.

Maitland, of Widey View, Plymouth, was originally arrested in November on suspicion of possession and distribution of indecent images of children and then re-arrested in March on suspicion of sexual touching after the offences were discovered to have been captured on film.

He will be sentenced for a total of 14 sexual offences on May 13 at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said.

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