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Met police officer John Wigglesworth pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child

A Met Police officer faces jail and is certain to lose his job after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a child at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London. PC John Wigglesworth, 46, a serving police officer attached to the Roads and Transport Policing Command, pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15.

He pleaded guilty on 19 January following a seven-day trial but was cleared of three counts of rape and two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15.

Wigglesworth was arrested at his home address on 4 August 2015 and charged later that day. He remains suspended pending a police investigation. The offences took place between 2008 and 2010 and Scotland Yard said he was not on duty at the time of his arrest.

But the constable's admission of guilt will end his career as a policeman and sentencing is due to take place at the same court on 23 February 2016. A Met Police statement said: "Now that the criminal investigation has been completed we will be able to undertake our misconduct process."