Prison Officer Chelsea Scott admits misconduct after relationships with two prisoners – at the same time

A woman prison officer has avoided going to prison despite having two affairs with male inmates simultaneously in Maidstone and Suffolk.

Chelsea Scott, 39, had used a previous name of Kendall Love to cover her tracks, a judge has heard.

She began the first relationship while she was still training and then began another after being transferred to Maidstone Prison last year.

Scott, of Tufton Street, Ashford is still in a relationship with ex-prisoner Stanislav Zampr, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

The mum-of-one pleaded guilty to two charges of misconduct while in public office and received a nine month sentence suspended for two years.

She will also have to do 200-hours of unpaid work for the community.

Her second affair was discovered when she was seen with Zampr in an enclosed kitchen area in the Thanet Wing at Maidstone where he shouldn’t have been.

Prosecutor Steven Mould said “trustee” Zampr was immediately “segregated” from other inmates while a search was made of his cell and officers then discovered “sexually explicit” letters.

Police later searched her home in Ashford and discovered that in January last year she had begun a relationship with another inmate at HMP Hollesley Bay – known As ‘The Colony’ – where she was being trained.

Officers also found photographs of Scott “in various state of undress”, the court was told.

Investigators also discovered a passport in the name of Kendall Love and she admitted to a senior officer she was aware that passing love letters to prisoners was wrong.

“She said that Zampr had helped her when she was new to the wing and she saw him more as a colleague than a prisoner and all the letters she wrote to him were all fantasy,” the prosecutor added.

He revealed how in April she was assigned to Maidstone Prison and had started the second relationship while continuing with the other.

The prosecutor said Scott, who now works as a call handler, was questioned and admitted having “inappropriate relationships”.

He said she had breached the prison motto: “Don’t Cross The Line” and she admitted she had done wrong.

Max Reeves, defending, said Scott did not have sex with either of her lovers in prison but did meet the inmate from Suffolk on days he was allowed out.

A psychiatric report said she maybe suffering from a personality disorder which causes her to take risks.

She admitted two breaches of misconduct in office.

Scott wept in the dock as she was told by the judge sexual relations between prisoners and prison officers were “corrosive” and undermined authority.

Judge Martin Huseyin said she had also put herself at risk of blackmail and exploitation.

Prison officer faces jail after admitting an inappropriate relationship with prisoner

Melissa Priestly - bottom right - faces jail
Melissa Priestly – bottom right – faces jail

A prison officer has admitted having a relationship with an inmate at the jail where she worked, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Melissa Priestley, 33, worked at HMP Low Newton, a women’s prison in Durham where serial killer Rose West is locked up.

An investigation was launched following a tip off and it uncovered Priestley was having a relationship with a prisoner.

A search of the prisoner’s cell led to the discovery of letters suggesting an inappropriate relationship with a staff member.

During the police investigation, messages found on Priestley’s phone appeared to corroborate this.

She appeared before Durham Crown Court and admitted misconduct in public office. She will be sentenced next month.

John Dilworth, of the CPS North East, said: “For people to have confidence in the Criminal Justice System, they need to know that the law applies equally to all of those involved in the delivery of justice.

“The relationship between Melissa Priestley and the prisoner, over whom she had a professional duty of care, was wholly inappropriate.

“I would like to praise the swift actions of the prison authorities and police, once the initial reports of this relationship were received.

“Through their diligence vital evidence was preserved, assisting greatly in the Crown’s preparation of a robust case against Melissa Priestley.”

An official at Durham Crown Court said Priestley was bailed following the hearing.

Prison officer admits misconduct in public office

Mark Blake
Mark Blake

A former prison officer who leaked stories to the Sun about a Serco-run immigration centre in west London has pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office.

While working as a prisoner custody officer, Mark Blake, 42, from Slough, was paid nearly £8,000 for tips about the Colnbrook secure immigration removal centre in Hillingdon which resulted in 10 stories being published by the tabloid newspaper over three years.

As well as naming individuals including a 9/11 plotter, the articles highlighted issues with the way the centre was run with headlines such as “Wiis for foreign lags in UK jails”, “Gastrojail” and “We fund massages for foreign killers”.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey in March, a jury could not agree a verdict on whether Blake’s dealings with the Sun reporter amounted to misconduct.

The Crown Prosecution Service later announced it would pursue a retrial against Blake while dropping the case against his co-accused Tom Wells.

On the day the retrial was scheduled to start, Blake changed his plea to guilty after hearing that he may be spared jail to look after his two children.

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Blake’s lawyer Graham Trembath QC had formally applied to judge Mark Lucraft QC for an indication on what the maximum sentence would be if the defendant changed his plea.

In his response, Judge Lucraft noted the impact of the harm caused by the stories was difficult to quantify although it did affect the reputation of Serco and the UK Border Agency and made external recruitment more difficult.

The court heard that Blake had admitted that his motivation was partly financial and partly public interest.

The judge also took into account various factors raised by Mr Trembath including the length of time since the offence and the fact Blake is the primary carer of his two sons, aged six and 13.

He concluded that ordinarily after a trial the maximum sentence would be 18 months in custody, but a guilty plea would reduce that to 15 months.

The judge told the court that a pre-sentence report would be needed to assess the impact of custody on Blake’s children which could provide “strong reasons” for suspending the sentence.

Blake, who sat in the well of the court, pleaded guilty to a single count of misconduct in a public office between January 2008 and December 2010.

He was granted conditional bail until sentencing at the Old Bailey on September 21.

Forest Bank prison officers fired for mocking inmate’s death on Facebook

Ashley Gill
Ashley Gill

Two prison officers have been sacked for posting cruel remarks on Facebook after a young prisoner died in custody.
The pair, from Forest Bank prison in Salford, made inappropriate comments about the death of Ashley Gill, 25, who died in jail in Liverpool after suffering an asthma attack.
It is understood another prison officer at Forest Bank was demoted over the same issue and several others disciplined.
An investigation was launched after Mr Gill was found dead in his cell at Walton prison.
Paramedics were called to HMP Liverpool after Mr Gill from Llandudno Junction was found “unresponsive” on April 29.
He had been due to be released just days later and a probe will be carried out by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, as well as the Coroner.
It is believed Mr Gill had previously been in the Salford jail.
A Forest Bank source said: “The two officers made comments online after Ashley died.
“They were effectively saying good riddance to bad rubbish. But a number of others clicked ‘like’ after the message had been posted.
“The two officers were escorted off the premises and later dismissed. I understand another was demoted and others had written warnings.
“I believe Ashley had spent some time in Forest Bank which is why the officers knew him.”
This week, it was reported how bosses at Forest Bank were having to work on the wings because of a staffing crisis.
A shortage of trained officers has also led to two out of six workshops being closed at the Agecroft jail.
Sodexo, the company which run the prison insist the staffing levels are ‘safe’ to deal with almost 1,460 prisoners.
Prison staff have contacted the local media to say the situation is ‘dangerous’ which prison bosses have denied.
In 2013, Gill was jailed for 20 months for burglary and theft.
His grandmother Annette Hill said she feared he may have had his inhaler taken off him.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News she said: “Ashley suffered very badly with his asthma to the point where he would be using his inhaler every couple of minutes.
“Every time he rang home, he would tell me that the guards had taken it off him.
“Ashley was in and out of hospital with his condition and was told he needed an operation to try and clear his airways.”
A Sodexo Justice Services spokesman said: “Two employees were dismissed after an investigation.”