Detective Kills Himself In Standoff After Child Sex Crime Charges

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Detective Commits Suicide as Cops Attempt to Arrest Him for Allegedly Soliciting Sex with Teen Boy.

A crimes against children detective shot and killed himself in a standoff at his Virginia home Tuesday after being accused of having inappropriate relations with two boys. A Virginia police detective committed suicide on Tuesday as officers stormed his Gainesville home to arrest him for allegedly soliciting a minor for sex, PEOPLE confirms.David Edward Abbott, 39, an investigator with Manassas City Police Department, refused to surrender and shot himself with a handgun in his home in nearby Gainesville, according to the Prince William County police. Investigators showed up at Abbott’s home Tuesday with arrest warrants charging him with two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and two counts of use of a communications device to solicit sexual offenses, the spokesman explains to PEOPLE.

Abbott made headlines last year for attempting to procure a photo of a teen boy’s genitalia in order to “prove” that the teen sexted his girlfriend. Investigators set their sights on Abbott on Monday after allegations emerged of him having inappropriate contact with a 11-year-old boy beginning in June 2013. “The contact consisted of soliciting sexual acts via phone, text, social media and email,” the police department said in a statement posted on its website. Detectives with the county police department opened an investigation Monday into Abbott’s relationship with a 13-year-old boy who played in a local hockey league where Abbott coached, cops said.

The second child was also affiliated with the hockey league and Abbott allegedly had inappropriate communication with the child “which began in June of 2008 when the victim was 13.” In a separate statement, police said that Abbott’s “family and peers request privacy during this time as we grieve and struggle to accept the realities of such a loss.” Detectives then learned of a second potential victim, a boy who was 13 and was also part of the Patriots hockey club in 2008 when Abbott began sending him inappropriate messages, police said. Abbott acted as the lead investigator in a sexting case last year in which he got a warrant to photograph a 17-year-old boy’s sexually aroused genitals to compare them to a picture detectives suspected the teen sent his 15-year-old girlfriend. Early Tuesday, Prince William police obtained a search warrant for Abbott’s townhouse on Senea Drive in Gainesville, where he lived with his mother.

Abbott later sued the boy’s attorney for defamation when she told reporters that the detective’s quest for the photos of her client’s genitals was “crazy.” He withdrew the suit. Abbott then sued the teen’s defence attorney and her firm, accusing them of defamation for a critical comment the lawyer allegedly made in The Washington Post.

The teen’s family hired Alexandria civil rights lawyer Victor Glasberg, who notified Abbott, his department and the prosecutors in August of his intent to file a federal lawsuit over their handling of the case. Ziegler, general manager of the Potomac Patriots, said the hockey club was saddened by the news. “We are taking steps to ensure that the needs and well-being of the club’s children, families and staff are being attended to at this time,” Ziegler said.

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