Shocking reports from London illustrate how deep pedophilia has penetrated the fabrics of our society.
An investigation into London’s Metropolitan Police force took a disturbing turn as one of the suspects was found dead in his home.
The deceased suspect was 49-year-old Chief Inspector Richard Watkinson.
He was due to “be charged with a string of child sex image offences,” The Telegraph reports.
Two retired officers have also been charged while investigating the suspected pedophile ring.
Pedo Ring Suspected at London Police Force, Chief Inspector Found Dead https://t.co/xugb2iD8No We know it permeates Hollywood, we know it's infected many parts of DC, but law enforcement too? Is this a global phenomenon we're too jaded to believe is as big as it appears?
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) January 21, 2023
The Telegraph described the details of this shocking investigation:
Jack Addis, 63, a former firearms officer with the Met, who now lives in Perthshire, Scotland and Jeremy Laxton, 62, who also served with the Met, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday Feb 9.
Mr Addis is charged with conspiracy to distribute or show indecent images of children, while Mr Laxton is charged with conspiracy to distribute or show indecent images of children, three counts of making indecent photos of a child, possession of prohibited images of a child, possession of extreme pornographic images and intentionally encouraging or assisting misconduct in public office.Both former officers retired from the Metropolitan Police more than a decade ago. The alleged offences took place between 1 January 2018 and 20 September 2021.
The body of Mr Watkinson was found at home last Thursday after he failed to report to a police station where he was due to be charged.
The Crown Prosecution Service had authorised charges of conspiracy to distribute or show indecent images of children, three counts of making indecent photos of a child, voyeurism and two counts of misconduct in public office.
He was initially arrested in July 2021 by investigators from the Independent Office for Police Conduct assisted by the Met’s Specialist Crime Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Unit and Directorate of Professional Standards.
“Chief Inspector Watkinson was facing extremely serious and concerning charges, as the result of a painstaking and thorough police investigation,” explained Commander Jon Savell, described as “Head of Profession” at the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.
“Before this matter came to light, we had no previous information about these allegations or to indicate the officer posed any risk to the public,” Commander Savell claimed.
“He had not faced any other criminal or conduct matters during his Met career. He had been suspended from duty since his arrest,” he said, adding: “Two other men were also arrested during the course of the investigation and have been charged, their matters will now progress through the courts.”