A Bromley policeman faces jail after admitting sending "intimate" sexual messages to a 15-year-old schoolboy.

PC Will Scott-Barrett, 33, who works in the Met Police's intelligence command, pleaded guilty to a charge of gaining sexual gratification while messaging a child when he appeared in court today (January 17).

An earlier court hearing was told the serving officer, who lives in Bromley, sent videos and pictures of his genitalia to the boy, who is now 16 years old, on messaging services Snapchat and Discord last February.

Luke Staton prosecuting, told the earlier hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court: "Initially, the contact took place on Snapchat and then on Discord.

"Certain parts of the contact were intimate and sexualised."

Videos of Scott-Barrett performing a sex act were sent to the victim as well as photos of his genitalia, the court heard.

Mr Staton added: "One message said ‘I am lying here having a stroke, you know, not an actual stroke’.’’

Ben Summers, for Scott-Barrett, told today's hearing at Isleworth Crown Court: "We are asking the court to order a pre-sentence report as well as a psychiatric report.

"Mr Scott-Barrett has pre-existing mental health conditions following events in 2016."

Judge Robin Johnson warned Scott-Barrett, who is currently suspended from duty, that he should prepare himself for prison.

The Judge told him: "Your case will be adjourned until February 24.

"The reason for this is a psychiatric report will need to be prepared and also bearing in mind the background to this case and your background I consider it necessary to order a pre-sentence report.

"The starting point for this charge appears to be 12 months and so you should prepare yourself for the possibility of a period of imprisonment."

Scott-Barrett, who wore a navy suit and pink patterned tie, received conditional bail until the next hearing.

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