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Prison worker in court over ‘inappropriate relationship’ with inmate

Written by on 29/10/2020

A 54-year-old prison worker has avoided jail after having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.

Tracey Storey, a drugs worker, was caught after prison staff at HMP Moorland in Doncaster conducted routine monitoring of the prisoner’s calls.

Storey worked as a substance misuse worker as part of the healthcare department based at the prison between July 2017 and February 2020.

She was handed a suspended jail term at Sheffield Crown Court on October 23 after pleading guilty to misconduct in a public office.

Storey, of Coventry Grove, Wheatley, was dismissed from her position working for Care UK and sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

Detective Scott Jarvis investigating said: “The public quite rightly expect high standards of conduct from those that work within our prison service.

“Storey’s behaviour was inappropriate and criminal, and I am pleased that she accepted responsibility for her crimes before a court.”

He added: “South Yorkshire Police’s Prison Crime Unit will continue to work alongside our Prison Partners and take any inappropriate relationship or any other form of corruption seriously.

“We will pursue anyone engaging in such activity and remove them from employment in Her Majesty’s Prisons.

“Those involved in serious criminality will find themselves converted from employee to inmate.”

Security Governor for HMP Moorland, Emma Milne said: “We are pleased to work in partnership with South Yorkshire Police’s Prison Crime unit who took prompt action on this case and continue to support us in tackling inappropriate action and corruption within HMPPS.”

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