|© Olivia Harris / Reuters|
London - Child sex abuse charges have been brought against a detective in the Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Team.
Detective Constable Chris Maitland, 40, faces 14 charges, some of which relate to making indecent images of a child.
He will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday on two charges of sexual touching of a girl under the age of 13, five of making an indecent image of a child and an additional seven of making an indecent image of a child.
Maitland was remanded in custody in November on suspicion of possession and distribution of indecent images of children
He was released on bail, but arrested again on Tuesday on suspicion of sexual touching.
He has been suspended from his post.
So, assuming he is guilty, the question is, was he a pedophile before he joined the Child Abuse Investigative Team, or did he become one as a result of his work? I don't doubt that this is a possible hazard of the job of investigating pedophiles. Police volunteering for this kind of work need to be tested for an attraction to prepubescent children.