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Ex-Metropolitan Police PCSO jailed for child sex offences

Billy Wheatley
Image caption Billy Wheatley admitted 18 sex offences, some dating back to 2000

A former Metropolitan Police Community Support Officer has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for a string of sex offences against children.

Billy Wheatley, 25, from Sidcup, pleaded guilty to 18 offences. He was a PCSO in Bromley when he committed some of the offences.

Wheatley's crimes included two attacks on a girl under 13. The offences dated back to 2000.

The Met has appealed for other victims of Wheatley to come forward.

He was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday.

Officers found more than 69,000 indecent photographs and movies of children when his home was raided last September.

Appeal to victims

A further nine movies of young children appeared to be taken by Wheatley wearing a secret camera.

Under questioning, Wheatley admitted assaulting a girl on two occasions and also attacking her older brother, who was aged 13 or 14 at the time, the Metropolitan Police said.

He continued to access and make indecent images of children even while on bail after his arrest, the court heard.

Det Sgt Andrew Gattase said: "As a PCSO Wheatley was in a position of trust and had a responsibility to his local community.

"Instead he abused that position to take part in despicable crimes, an urge he couldn't control even after he had been arrested and bailed.

"It is highly likely there are further victims of Wheatley who we don't know about and I would urge them to come forward and contact us."

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