A high-ranking Metropolitan Police officer and her social worker sister are facing trial after being accused of possessing and distributing a video clip of a small child being sexually abused.
It is alleged that a 54-second video of a child being sexually abused was found on the phone of chief superintendent Robyn Williams. The video had been allegedly sent by her sister, Jennifer Hodge, a 54-year old social worker from west London
Alongside the charge of possessing the video, Ms Williams is accused of failing to report her social worker sister after receiving the message on the 2nd of February last year. In failing to report the video, Ms Williams is accused of an “improper exercise of police powers”.
Social worker Jennifer Hodge is alleged to have sent the video to 18 people, and her boyfriend Dido Massivi, aged 61, is accused of sending it to a further two on the same day. They are both charged with distributing the sexual abuse clip, which is said to show an adult and a five-year-old girl.
In addition, Dido Massivi is charged with distributing a video involving a 12-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy. He was also found to be in possession of an extreme pornographic clip showing a woman engaged in sexual activity with a horse.
In setting the case for trial before Willesden Magistrates’ Court, Prosecutor Katie Weiss said: “In relation to the image that was shared between the three parties. This was a video clip with a duration of 54 seconds. In this clip is a young black female, she’s around five years old, has plaits and flowers in her hair”.
“She is wearing clothes. There’s a man in that video, you can’t see him properly but due to the size of his hands he’s quite clearly an adult”
“It was sent (by social worker Jennifer Hodge) to 18 people including her sister who is a police officer. She (Robyn Williams) failed to report the matter to a colleague or police station.”
None of the defendants entered formal pleas at this initial stage.
All three will appear at Harrow Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on the 9th of April.