A “golden girl” Superintendent has been sentenced to 200 hours community service for possessing a child abuse video sent by her sister via WhatsApp.
Novlett Robyn Williams, 54, avoided jail but was told her career at the Metropolitan Police is all but over as she received the sentence today, following her conviction at the Old Bailey yesterday.
The highly decorated officer was found guilty of possessing the indecent clip, which had been sent to her phone by older sister and co-defendant Jennifer Hodge in February 2018.
Jurors accepted that Williams did not view the material were not convinced by her claim she was unaware that it was on her device.
Sentencing, Judge Richard Marks QC said: “You have had a stellar career in the police force over 30 years.
“That is amply demonstrated by the awards you received, the rank you achieved, and truly outstanding character references.
“Against this background, it is completely tragic you found yourself in the position you now do.”
He added: “The consequences to you of this conviction will undoubtedly be immense, particularly as far as your employment and your career are concerned.”
Williams had been hailed the “golden girl” of the Met after working her way up through the force from “just a handful of O-levels”.
She headed up the policing of the Notting Hill Carnival and was commended for her work with the community in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Following her conviction, Scotland Yard said Williams remains on restricted duties but the fate of her career now hangs in the balance of a misconduct investigation.
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