April 2023

Met officer pleads guilty to indecent images offences

A Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of indecent images of children.

PC Darren Hourigan, 51, of London who is attached to the South Area Command Unit, appeared at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, 26 April where he pleaded guilty.

Amongst the perverts vile collection were 2,253 images in Category A, the most serious kind showing the rape and torture of children

He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 7 July.

The charges follow an investigation by the Met’s Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse team supported by the Directorate of Professional Standards which led to Hourigan’s arrest in March 2020.

He was charged by post on 21 September 2022 and appeared at Kingston Crown Court on 14 November 2022, where he was bailed ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing.

PC Hourigan was suspended prior to being charged.