Ex-Met PCSO Billy Wheatley jailed after admitting a catalogue of sex offences against children


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A former Metropolitan Police community support officer with a history of sexual crime dating back to the age of 12 has been jailed after he secretly filmed himself abusing children.

Billy Wheatley, 25, who was based at Bromley police station, had 69,000 indecent images and movies of children on his computer and had recorded youngsters wearing a secret camera.

Wheatley, from Sidcup, Kent, was jailed for five-and-a-half years on Wednesday for a catalogue of sexual offences on young children. Searches of his computer recovered mobile phone footage of him abusing a young girl aged about five or six. The girl has been identified.

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

Police have released a photograph of the former PCSO to encourage other potential victims to come forward. It emerged that he continued to download indecent images even after he was arrested and bailed last year. He was a serving PCSO at the time of his arrest and has since resigned.

Wheatley pleaded guilty to 18 counts including an indecent assault on a boy up to 13 years ago, sexual assaults on girls and making indecent photographs of children.

Detective Sergeant 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."