October 2016

Prison for retired police officer who abused children whilst working for unit tracking paedophiles

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A retired police officer has been jailed for 15-and-a-half years for sexually abusing two young children while working for a unit tracking paedophiles.

Michael Berllaque, 61, joined the Met Police in 1981 and towards the end of his career he was attached to the Jigsaw Team with responsibility for the monitoring of sex offenders.

His two victims were abused for nearly a decade beginning in the early 1990s through to 2001, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard

Michael Berllaque, 61 (20.05.55), of no fixed abode, was sentenced on Thursday, 20 October at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

He had previously pleaded guilty on Friday, 26 August.

The 13 offences relate to two victims when the offences took place in London between 1991 and 2001.

On 28 August 2015, Berllaque attended Luton police station and confessed to the offences he had committed. Officers from Bedfordshire Police contacted the Met who attended to interview him.

The two victims were traced and provided statements which confirmed the offences.

The court heard that Berllaque was a serving Met officer when the offences took place; although he only came forward to admit them after he had left the organisation. They were not committed whilst he was on-duty.