TWO retired Met cops have been charged in an alleged child porn ring linked to an acting chief inspector who was found dead before he could also be charged.
The Sun on Monday revealed how the body of Met Chief Inspector Richard Watkinson was discovered at his home after he failed to appear to be charged with the alleged conspiracy.
He was due to post bail last Thursday and Met officers were dispatched to his Buckinghamshire home for a welfare check when they failed to arrive.
The Met finally confirmed yesterday that the west London resident Watkinson would be charged with conspiracy to disseminate or display indecent images of children, three counts of indecent photos of children, voyeurism and two counts of misconduct in public office.
The Crown Prosecution Service had approved charges against him.
His death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.
According to sources, he is suspected to have killed himself and further toxicological tests are being carried out.
He was suspended from duty after his arrest in July 2021.
His alleged conspirators and ex-Met cops Jack Addis, 63, of no fixed address but from Perthshire, Scotland, and Jeremy Laxton, 62, of Lincolnshire, are due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday February 9.
Addis was charged with conspiracy to disseminate or display indecent images of children.
He was arrested in November 2021.
Laxton was charged with conspiracy to disseminate or display indecent images of children, triple production of indecent images of children, possession of prohibited images of a child, possession of extremely pornographic images, and willful encouragement or abetting a crime.
He was arrested in September 2021.
Both left the force over a decade ago.