Social worker sent indecent video of child to colleagues on WhatsApp

A social worker faces jail after accidentally sending an indecent video of a child to colleagues via WhatsApp.

Roy Reid, 58, posted the clip in a group chat set up to organise leaving drinks for a co-worker at Croydon Children’s Services in September 2019.

The slip-up led detectives to further indecent and extreme images on his phone.

Reid’s colleagues began leaving the group in the hours after the video was sent and reported him to managers, who informed police.

The 58-year-old, from Catford, south-east London, was arrested on the same day and forced to surrender his phone for forensic examination.

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

The social worker previously pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates’ Court to two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child.

Police have not been able to identify the child, who is believed to have been a toddler when the 45-second clip was captured.

Kate Shilton, a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: ‘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.

‘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 Croydon Crown Court on 23 September 2021.