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Detective From Met Police Sex Abuse Unit Charged With Child Sex Offences

Met police detective Chris Maitland faces 14 charges in total.

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Detective Constable Chris Maitland, 40, is due before magistrates in Westminster today charged with 14 offences.

Maitland, who is based at the Met's sexual offences, exploitation, and child abuse command, is accused of:

* Two counts of sexual touching of a girl under 13 years

* Five counts of taking an indecent image of a child

* Seven counts of making an indecent image of a child

He was arrested last November on suspicion of possessing and distributing indecent images of children, taken into custody, and subsequently bailed pending further inquiries.

This week he was further arrested on suspicion of sexual touching and charged as above.

The Met said Maitland was currently suspended from duty.

Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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