Social worker faces jail after sharing indecent video of child in work WhatsApp group

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Roy Reid, 58, was a social worker for Croydon Children’s Services when he accidentally shared the video in a group chat created to arrange leaving drinks for a colleague. The video was sent on September 20, 2019, and his colleagues immediately reported Reid to management who in turn contacted the police.

Reid was arrested the same day and analysis of his phone uncovered more indecent and extreme images.

He appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs of a child and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Reid had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child when he appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court, MyLondon reports.

Kate Shilton, senior crown prosecutor within the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said Reid’s interest in indecent images was “shocking and abhorrent”.

She added: “Roy Reid was a trusted employee within children’s services and his interest in indecent images of children was both shocking and abhorrent.

“The prosecution case included statements from members of the WhatsApp group and a forensic analysis of Reid’s phone which brought up further graphic and illegal images of concern.

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“I would like to highlight the actions of many of those in the WhatsApp group who stood by their profession and reported Reid’s crimes.

“The CPS will always seek to bring to justice those who fuel the sexual exploitation of children.”

Reid will be sentenced at the same court on September 23.

Additional reporting by Jamie Phillips.

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