Superintendent Robyn Williams is pictured leaving Willesden Magistrates’ Court today
A senior police officer has appeared in court accused of possessing footage of a five-year-old girl being sexually abused.
Superintendent Robyn Williams, 54, is charged with having a ‘moving image file of Category A severity’.
Williams denies having seen the 54-second clip, which was allegedly shared in a group message by her sister and brother-in-law in February last year, Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard.
She is also accused of failing to report her sister, social worker Jennifer Hodge, 55, after she allegedly sent the clip.
Williams, who earns £80,000-a-year, joined the Metropolitan Police in 2008 after she was the first black woman to be made sergeant then inspector in Nottinghamshire Police.
Nichola Cafferkey, defending Williams, said: ‘She emphatically denies the allegations and in the last 15 months she has co-operated fully.
‘She is here for an wholly unsolicited image sent by her sister that she had no knowledge of.’
Hodge and her partner, bus driver Dido Massivi, 61, were charged on February 12 and will also appear at Harrow Crown Court.
Supt Williams, of south London, denies one count of possession of an indecent photograph of a child. She also denies one charge of corrupt or improper exercise of police powers and privileges by a constable.
Hodge, of Brent, north-west London, denies one count of distributing an indecent photograph of a child.
Massivi, also of Deacon Road, denies two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child.
All three were bailed ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at Harrow Crown Court on 9 April.
Mayor of London Mayor Sadiq Khan with Superintendent Robyn Williams, the deputy Head of Training MPS, during the Metropolitan Police Service’s passing out parade in 2016
Dido Massivi (left) and Jennifer Hodge (right) leaving Willesden Magistrates’ Court