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Infatuated female prison officer jailed after exchanging 850 texts with serving prisoner

10/08/2017

A prison officer from Bootle has today been given an eight month prison sentence after she had an inappropriate relationship with a serving prisoner at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution.

Between 12 July and 6 August 2016, more than 850 text messages were exchanged between Chelsea Blackwell (dob 19/05/1990) and the male prisoner. Approximately 115 calls, some of which lasted more than two hours, were also made. From 28 July, Blackwell switched to using a second, 'dirty phone' and made five calls to the prisoner's phone after it had been seized following a cell search.

In additional to the text messages and phone calls, four letters were seized from the prisoner's cell and a couple from Blackwell's home address. A forensic handwriting report concluded there was "very strong evidence" that Blackwell had written all of them.

Blackwell pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office on 20 July 2017, at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Louise Attrill from the CPS said: "The CPS put together a robust case using mobile phone data, cell site analysis and handwriting analysis to show Blackwell abused her position as a prison officer.

"She initially denied any wrongdoing but the evidence was strong and she ultimately pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office.

"Incidents like this by prison officers are extremely rare but they amount to an abuse of the public's trust which has the potential to lead to corruption or blackmail. They are treated with the utmost seriousness."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Chelsea Blackwell pleaded guilty to one count of Misconduct in a judicial or public office. The offence occurred between 12 July and 6 August 2016. She received a 10 month custodial sentence reduced to 8 months for her guilty plea
  2. Blackwell had been a prison officer since February 2015, at HM YOI Aylesbury
  3. Louise Attrill is Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service
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