A serving Met Police officer is due to appear in court tomorrow (Monday, December 20) after he was charged with sexual communication with a child.

The Met announced Sunday afternoon that PC Will Scott-Barrett, who is based in the Met’s Intelligence command, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

PC Scott-Barret was charged with "sexual communication with a child" last month (November 16) following an investigation by the Met’s Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Command.

The case relates to an allegation that was made in February of this year.

The Met said it concerns conduct "whilst PC Scott-Barrett was off duty".

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed, and it was confirmed that PC Scott-Barrett was suspended from duty earlier this year after the initial allegation was made.

The Met continues to face a crisis of confidence after the conviction of the serving Met Police officer who kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard earlier this year.

The London police force have also faced criticism for refusing to investigate alleged breaches of Covid lockdown restrictions by senior government figures despite mounting evidence that rules put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19 last Christmas were broken by a number of Conservative party figures.