Former Metropolitan Police Officer Loses Appeal Over Child Abuse Video Conviction

An appeal by a decorated former police chief against her conviction for having a child abuse video on her phone has been refused by the court of appeal. The former superintendent Novlett Robyn Williams was convicted in November 2019 after being sent an unsolicited video via WhatsApp of a child being abused, despite never viewing the images. The prosecution accepted she had no sexual interest in children, but she was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for possession of an indecent image.
The conviction led to her sacking by the Metropolitan police, ending a 36-year career during which she had been hailed as a role model, commended for her work after the Grenfell Tower fire and awarded the Queen’s, Police Medal.
Williams had been sent the clip by her older sister Jennifer Hodge, 57, who had originally been sent it by her long-term boyfriend, 63-year-old Dido Massivi. The convictions of all three under paedophilia laws were upheld.
Massivi was convicted of two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying a person having sex with a horse. [The Guardian]
All three are now on the sex offenders register. Williams and Hodge for five years. Massivi for 10 years.
This is a mess!
I believe that had Novlett Robyn Williams, reported the video to the authorities, she would not be going through this hell now. I think Williams hesitated, in order to protect her RECKLESS sister (now a former social worker) because she knew that once the authorities were alerted, Hodge along with her partner Massivi, would be charged with possessing and sharing child pornography. But this came crashing down on all their heads when the video was also forwarded to another recipient, who then went on to report the footage to the police. As a high ranking police officer, in a position of authority, Williams should have reported the footage. However, I also suspect that had Williams been a high ranking white male or female officer, this would have gone the other way.
On another note, have the authorities bothered to investigate the origins of the video? Have they located the child? Have there been any arrests?

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