Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

A feminine jail officer spent 380 hours on the telephone with a prisoner throughout a six-month affair.

Katie Loxton, 27, was a serving jail custody officer at HMP Oakwood, in Staffordshire, when she first got here into contact with 32-year-old Adam Higgs.

Higgs made a complete of three,451 calls to Loxton and spoke along with her for greater than 380 hours, costing him £798 between July 7 2021 and Jan 13 2022.

Loxton, of Sandwell, West Mids, has now been jailed for 12 months for misconduct in a public workplace.

Pair bypassed safety

Wolverhampton Crown Courtroom heard that she would spend a big portion of her time on the block the place Higgs was housed, elevating the suspicions of a variety of officers.

Additional checks then revealed that the pair had bypassed the jail’s safety system and had been speaking by means of a faux contact on Higgs’s phone in his cell.

He managed to cover a cell phone which he used to speak with Loxton by means of social media and the pair would usually “carry out sexual acts to one another over” by way of the machine, the courtroom was instructed.

Officers arrested Loxton and searched her residence on Jan 27 final yr, the place they discovered three handwritten letters from Higgs inside.

Higgs, of Grantham, Lincs, was interviewed concerning the findings in jail in March 2022 and the pair later admitted their offences in courtroom.

In addition to misconduct in a public workplace, Loxton additionally admitted transmitting or inflicting the transmission of a picture/sound by digital means from inside a jail.

Higgs was handed an eight-month sentence for possessing inside a jail a tool able to transmitting or receiving photographs, sounds or info by digital communications.

He additionally admitted transmitting or inflicting the transmission of a picture/sound by digital means from inside a jail with out authority.

Dc Adam McHugh, of Staffordshire Police, mentioned: “Loxton and Higgs had been in a position to manipulate the safety measures of the jail telephony system to cover their relationship from officers and inmates.

“We’re dedicated to upholding the values and conduct the general public anticipate of public workplace employees.

“I’m joyful that Loxton recognised her conduct had fallen wanting the anticipated customary.”

Jail officer affairs

It’s the newest case after the variety of jail officers caught having affairs hit a document excessive, with 36 warders sacked over relationships previously three years.

A complete of 31 feminine jail officers and 5 male warders have been sacked for misconduct since 2019 – practically double the 19 feminine workers dismissed over the earlier 4 years, based on Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures launched beneath Freedom of Info legal guidelines.

They included one jail officer who had an inmate’s child, one other who had her lover’s cell quantity tattooed on her interior thigh, and the governor of Onley jail in Northamptonshire who was jailed for intimate communications with an inmate.

It follows considerations raised by inspectors and unions that top workers turnover has resulted in growing numbers of younger new recruits being positioned in front-line roles.

Over the previous 5 years, the variety of feminine jail workers has risen by 27 per cent to fifteen,000 and now accounts for 42 per cent of all workers.

In 2019, jail officer Ayshea Gunn, 27, a criminology and psychology graduate, was jailed for 12 months after falling in love and having a sexual relationship with a “harmful” 29-year-old inmate, Khuram Razaq.

The pair made greater than 1,000 telephone calls to one another when he was inside HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, the place he was serving 12 years for conspiracy to rob. They used telephones to stream lewd dwell footage of themselves.

Ayshea Gunn took an image of herself kissing Khuram Razaq whereas she was imagined to be on obligation – Merseyside Police

Because the jail in north Wales opened six years in the past, pioneering a extra liberal strategy and rebranding cells as rooms, 18 girls – together with full-time officers and contract workers – have been sacked or resigned after their affairs had been uncovered.

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