Metropolitan Police officer has been sentenced to a community order to complete 200 hours’ unpaid work having previously been found guilty of possessing an indecent image of a child.
Novlett Robyn Williams, aged 54, a superintendent based within Frontline Policing, was sentenced on Tuesday, 26 November at the Old Bailey after being convicted on Tuesday, 19 November of possessing the moving image file.
She had been found not guilty of corrupt/improper exercise of police powers and privileges by a constable in failing to report the distribution of that image.
Jennifer Hodge, 56 of Deacon Road, NW2 was sentenced to a community order to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work having been convicted of distributing an indecent image of a child, namely a moving image file.
Dido Massivi, 61 , also of Deacon Road, NW2, had been found guilty of the same count plus further counts of distributing an indecent image of a child, namely a moving image file, and possession of extreme pornography after more material was found on his phone. He was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, to run concurrently on each of the three counts. He was also ordered to complete 200 hours’ unpaid work under a community order.
Supt Williams was one of 17 people sent the video via WhatsApp on 3 February 2018 by her sister Hodge who received it from her partner Massivi.
It was alleged Supt Williams did not report the matter to police as she was obliged to. Officers had already been alerted by another woman who had received the video and attended a police station on Sunday, 4, February 2018. An investigation was launched.
Hodge and Massivi were arrested that evening and served postal requisition charges on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Supt Williams was interviewed under caution on Friday, 26 March 2018 and served a postal requisition charge on Friday, 15 February 2019.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matthew Horne, Professionalism, said: “The prosecution called this a ‘sad case’ and referred to the ‘serious errors of judgement’ made by those involved. The court heard that Supt Williams has led a distinguished career in policing and previously been commended for her professionalism.
“The Independent Office for Police Conduct is carrying out an independent misconduct investigation into the actions of Supt Williams and we await the outcome.”
Supt Williams remains on restricted duties at this stage. This will be reviewed now criminal matters are complete.
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