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Va. detective kills himself in arrest on child sex charges

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 8:33 PM

A Northern Virginia crimes against children detective killed himself Tuesday when officers tried to arrest him on child sex charges, police said.

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. He was pronounced dead at the Senea Dr. residence, WUSA-TV reported.

Abbott, who served on the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, once requested a warrant to take pictures of a teen sexting suspect’s genitals. He had been wanted Tuesday on suspicion of indecent liberties by a custodian and use of a communications device to solicit sexual offenses.

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.

Investigators believe Abbott began soliciting sex from the boy in June 2013 through phone, text, social media and email conversations. Abbott also had inappropriate communications starting in 2008 with another 13-year-old boy who played in the hockey league, according to police.

David Edward Abbott, 39, a detective for the Manassas City Police Department in Manassas, Va, shot himself in his Gainesville home Tuesday when officers arrived to arrest him on child sex solicitation charges, police said.Manassas Police Department

David Edward Abbott, 39, a detective for the Manassas City Police Department in Manassas, Va, shot himself in his Gainesville home Tuesday when officers arrived to arrest him on child sex solicitation charges, 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. Officers and prosecutors never enforced the warrant.

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.

Officials in the Manassas City Police Department said Tuesday had been “a tragic and sad day” for all parties involved in a statement released later in the day.

“In spite of these recent developments regarding the serious allegations against him, we are grateful for the contributions Det. Abbott made during his time with Manassas City Police, to include the prosecution and conviction of hundreds of criminals,” said public information officer Adrienne Helms. “His family and peers request privacy during this time as we grieve and struggle to accept the realities of such a loss.”

Officials with the Manassas City Police Department acknowledged the allegations against Abbott but called Tuesday "a tragic and sad day" in a statement.WUSA

Officials with the Manassas City Police Department acknowledged the allegations against Abbott but called Tuesday “a tragic and sad day” in a statement.

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