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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 5, 2024

Photo shows an Indianapolis police commander, not former President Donald Trump’s probation officer

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  • This isn’t a photo of a probation officer assigned to former President Donald Trump following his conviction in his Manhattan criminal case. It’s a commander with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. 

An image of a police commander from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is spreading on social media with the false claim that she is former President Donald Trump’s probation officer. 

"Meet: Rohondra Williams Trumps probation officer," text above a photo of the officer reads. 

(Screengrab from Facebook)
A June 1 Threads post sharing the image was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

A reverse-image search of the photo led to a 2022 Justice Department post about policing "while Black and female." It includes the photo of the officer, Nikole Pilkington, who was then a sergeant. 

An Indiana Fox News television affiliate reported in February that the Indianapolis police chief appointed Pilkington to his command staff that month. 

The police department posted on its X account June 4 to say it knew Pilkington’s photo was circulating on social media but that "no IMPD officer nor Commander Pilkington has been involved in the New York Trump case or has been assigned as a probation officer in this case." 

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Trump was convicted May 30 of multiple felony counts in a Manhattan falsified documents case. The New York Unified Court System lays out what happens next: A probation officer interviews the defendant and checks their criminal record as part of a pre-sentence report that the judge will use to decide the defendant’s punishment. 

We found no evidence that a probation officer has been assigned to Trump or that such information has been made public. 

The New York Unified Court System and the New York City Department of Probation didn’t immediately respond to PolitiFact’s questions about the case.

But the person pictured in this Threads post is not Trump’s probation officer. 

We rate that claim False.

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