November 2019

Met officer guilty of possessing indecent child video

A 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 (04.10.63) 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 (12.12.57), 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.A 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 (04.10.63) 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 (12.12.57), 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.

November 2019

A senior Metropolitan Police officer has been found guilty of possessing an indecent image of a child.

Supt Novlett Robyn Williams was sent a “disturbing” video by her sister Jennifer Hodge last year, but failed to report her, a court heard.

Hodge, 56, and her partner Dido Massivi, from whom she had received the video, were both found guilty at the Old Bailey of distributing an indecent image of a child.

All had denied the charges.

Williams also faced a charge of corrupt or improper exercise of police powers in failing to report the distribution of an image, but was cleared of this.

Massivi, 61, was found guilty of two counts of distributing indecent photos and guilty of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Williams, 54, from south London, was one of 17 people sent the video by social worker Hodge, from Brent, in February 2018, the court heard.

Massivi previously told the jury he sent the video to his long-term partner “for awareness” after a colleague sent it to him.

Hodge said she threw her phone “in the shock of it” when she opened the video and sought to speak to her sister, who “might know a little bit more than [her]” about getting it taken down.

Her sister, however, claimed she had never seen the video.

The Met officer, who was highly commended for her work helping families affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster, told the court she had “zoned out” when she received it.

But prosecutors said there was no way Williams could have missed the 54-second clip, and cited a response from the officer to her older sister to “please call” as evidence that she wanted to discuss the content.

Police were alerted by another recipient, rather than Williams, who as a senior police officer had an obligation to report it, the jury heard.

Prosecutor Richard Wright QC previously told jurors it was not suggested the defendants had any sexual interest in the video that showed a five-year-old girl engaging in a sex act with a man.

Instead, he said, “each of them made serious errors of judgment about how to handle this video”.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matthew Horne said the police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) was carrying out an independent misconduct investigation into the actions of Supt Williams.

Williams remains on restricted duties, Scotland Yard said.

Sentencing will be held on 26 November.