Young prison guard charged after having sex with older inmate
A young prison guard has been arrested after allegedly having sex with an inmate at a jail in Sydney’s west.
The Corrective Services Investigation Unit began investigating after receiving a tip-off about an inappropriate relationship between an officer and a prisoner.
Detectives arrested a 20-year-old corrections officer yesterday morning, charging him under new legislation introduced following a spate prison sex offences.
It’s alleged the young guard was involved in a romantic relationship with a 30-year-old female inmate, compromising his position at the jail.
The man has been granted strict conditional bail ahead of his court appearance next month.
Detective Inspector Robert Hollows says the new legislation is allowing them to crackdown on prison officers doing the wrong thing.
“Any inappropriate relationships identified at correctional facilities across the state will be brought to the attention of police and charges will be laid.”
The prison guard sex scandal was initially revealed by Ray Hadley in July, 2018.
He then went on to uncover a spate of other incidents.
The investigation led to legislation which specifically outlaws corrections officers from having sexual relationships with inmates.
2007 Tamworth Correctional Centre
Allegations of misconduct were made by the ex-partner of the Corrective Services officer. They were investigated and dealt with at the time.
2010 Silverwater Correctional Centre
A female prison guard admitted she’d fallen in love with inmate Daniel Cantarakis.
The inmate was moved to Parklea Correctional Centre while the guard was just shifted to another area of Silverwater.
A female officer resigned from a Sydney correctional centre after the General Manager confronted her with allegations of improper contact with an inmate.
2016 Silverwater Correctional Centre
A guard was caught by two of her colleagues engaged in a sexual act with inmate Jesse Kelly at Silverwater jail.
She was under the influence of methamphetamines and was accused of smuggling contraband into the centre for him.
Kelly was the driver of a vehicle that crashed in 2005, killing his friend and sparking the Macquarie Fields riots.
This guard was allowed to resign rather than being sacked.
2017 Mid North Coast Correctional Centre
A staffer was suspended from duty and subsequently resigned.
2018 Brush Farm Correctional Centre
A female staff member was suspended from duty earlier this year and dismissed following aninvestigation.
2018 Long Bay Correctional Centre
An officer was caught having sex with an inmate in the gym at Long Bay jail.
The inmate, Jarad Smith, was responsible for the drink driving death of two innocent people in 2014.
Once again, the guard was allowed to resign, while Smith has now been granted day release.
2018 Lithgow Correctional Centre
A female Corrections officer has been suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct.
An investigation is ongoing.
2018 Mid North Coast Correctional Centre
Prison guard Amy Connors has been suspended over the relationship with Sione Penisini.
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