Russell Thorne, acting governor of Downview Prison, granted a convict gifts of alcohol, make-up and weekend releases to reward her for repeated sexual encounters, a jury was told.
On one occasion he organised a threesome with two prisoners and also watched lesbian shows between inmates in his office, it is claimed.
His colleague, prison officer Simon Dykes, is accused of having sex with four inmates and allowing another to perform a lewd act on him in a jail lavatory.
The prosecutor told the jury that Thorne, 41, and Dykes, 45, were at the centre of a ‘culture of corruption’ within the prison. He said: ‘They were offering preferential treatment to prisoners for sex.’
Thorne, of Sutton, denies two counts of misconduct in public office, involving having sex with inmates, between 2006 and 2010. Dykes, of Westcott, Surrey, denies six counts of the same offence. The trial continues. Both men have been suspended pending the outcome.
My comment: "Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it.." Frank Herbert
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