A police officer who became a star of a TV documentary has been unmasked as a paedophile.
Lee Tatton, 54, was featured on documentary ‘Cops UK: Bodycam Squad’ in which he would be followed by cameras to get an insight about his job.
But this week he admitted a number of child sex offences.
Tatton, nicknamed Tatts, was a response officer, and was included in the fly on the wall series multiple times.
Production company Raw Cut spent several weeks shadowing PC Tatton and his fellow officers on a range of incidents including rescuing people from a flat fire and breaking up a brawl outside a pub.
While arresting one of the men involved in the fight, PC Tatton ended up being accidentally parva sprayed by a colleague.
It was hoped the programme – on UKTV’s Really channel – would give the public an insight into the work of the force.
Speaking at the time the show was premiered, PC Tatton said: “It was put to our shift about the camera crews coming out with us and I was happy to volunteer. After a while it became second nature explaining to them what we were dealing with.
“I hope it will give people an insight into what we do and the things we have to deal with at 4am and 5am when most people are tucked up in bed.”
But the Staffordshire Police officer was arrested in December last year following an investigation by the force’s Operation Safenet team, a dedicated unit tasked with looking into online child abuse.
He was immediately suspended from duty.
Appearing before Birmingham Crown Court Tatton, whose address was not disclosed, pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and four counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child.
In a statement this week, Assistant Chief Constable Scott Green said: “Tatton’s actions are unacceptable and have caused harm and distress to the very people we should be protecting and keeping safe.
“His actions fell well below the high standards that the public and the force demands and expects of police officers.”
Tatton remains on suspension subject to an internal force hearing and will be sentenced on November 2.
In a statement this week, Assistant Chief Constable Scott Green condemned his officer.
He said: “Tatton’s actions are unacceptable and have caused harm and distress to the very people we should be protecting and keeping safe.
“His actions fell well below the high standards that the public and the force demands and expects of police officers.