Andrew Whiddett aged 70 from Portsmouth a retired lieutenant colonel, appointed MBE for his service in Northern Ireland, arranged for children to be sexually abused in the Philippines while he watched online. The National Crime Agency (NCA) have confirmed he paid thousands.
Whiddett has admitted six child sex charges at Croydon Crown Court including attempting to cause or incite a nine year old girl and another under the age of 16 years to engage in sexual activity. A Judge has warned he would be jailed when sentenced on 22 May 2019.
The abuse happened after his army service and after he left employment as head of security at the British embassy in Baghdad.
An NCA officer Gary Fennelly said:
“Andrew Whiddett was directly responsible for the soul-destroying abuse of children thousands of miles away from him. He thought he could get away with abusing Filipino children from the comfort of this own home”
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