• September 30, 2022

Children’s Crime Detective Shoots Himself When Facing Arrest For Child Sex Charges


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.


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