A former officer convicted of sexual communication with a child would have been dismissed from the Met had he still been serving.

PC Will Scott-Barrett, who was attached to the Met’s Intelligence Command, was found to have breached the Met’s professional standards in relation to discreditable conduct.

The accelerated misconduct hearing, held on Tuesday 22 March, was chaired by Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball.

She found the allegations proven and concluded that had he still been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Barnes, head of Met Intel, said: “PC Scott-Barrett’s actions are shocking and we have no place for people like this in our Met.

“The trust of the public is fundamental to our core purpose of keeping London safe, and behaviour of this kind undermines the confidence that our communities have in us.

“We only want the best within our organisation and will always act when we identify someone who falls below the exemplary standards we and the public expect.”

Officers from the Met’s Online Child Sex Abuse and Exploitation Command began an investigation in January 2021 after it was alleged PC Scott-Barrett had sent inappropriate content to a 15-year-old boy on social media.

He was arrested on 3 February 2021 and was immediately suspended from duty. He was later charged with the above offence and pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, 17 January.

He resigned from the Met last month and will be sentenced at the same court on Monday, 9 May.