Female prison officer facing jail for inmate phone sex
A female prison monitor, Alice Belton, is facing jail after having phone sex with three inmates.
Published: 7:30AM GMT 19 Mar 2010
Prison monitor Alice Belton
Prison monitor Alice Belton is facing jail after having phone sex with three inmates at HMP Parkhurst Photo: TIM STEWART
The 23 year-old, also sent explicit pictures of herself to the prisoners by phone after befriending them during prison inspections.
She admitted having personal and inappropriate relationships with the prisoners at HMP Parkhurst in Newport on the Isle of Wight.
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Belton, who was a volunteer for the Ministry of Justices Independent Monitoring Board, had the flings over a six month period.
Belton, a care worker, was also accused of smuggling a mobile and SIM card into the prison after a random search by prison officers led to her being excluded.
IMB members are supposed to monitor day-to-day life in their local prison and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.
Belton pleaded guilty at Newport Crown Court last week to a single count of misconduct in a public office between October 2008 and April 2009.
The Crown offered no evidence on a second count of smuggling a mobile and SIM card into the prison in April last year.
Misconduct in a public office is a serious, indictable-only offence carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: "The case involved Belton having close and inappropriate relationships with three serving inmates.
"She was a volunteer member of the Independent Monitoring Board.
"She engaged in telephone sex with three serving inmates and was accused of sending explicit photos of herself."
Parkhurst is a category B prison that houses many lifers and long-term inmates.
Famous former inmates include serial killer Peter Sutcliffe and the Kray twins Reggie and Ronnie.
There are currently over 1,850 IMB members attached to prisons and other secure facilities in England and Wales.
Members are appointed by the Prisons or Immigration Minister and employers are obliged to allow workers time off from their jobs to perform their prison duties.
Belton, a former pupil of Carisbrooke High School on the Isle of Wight, was living in Newport at the time of the offences.
She now lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex and is due to be sentenced at the same court on March 30.
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