Care worker who made child touch her breasts and sent sexual messages is jailed

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A female care worker who took sexual advantage of a teenage boy at a children's detention facility has been jailed.

Ashley Wright, 26, admitted four child sex offences at an earlier hearing, including abusing her position of trust at the secure training centre.

The offences took place between May 2019 and January 2020.

Kingston Crown Court heard she made the child touch her breasts in October 2019 and touched him inappropriately a few months later on New Year's Eve.

She also sent him messages encouraging sexual activity, it was said.

A charge relating to the sending of a sexually explicit handwritten love letter was discontinued after the prosecution offered no evidence.

The relationship came to light when Ashley Wright, 26, was seen groping the victim under the table in a classroom by a teacher in May 2019.

Messages also revealed she discussed taking him to Thorpe Park amusement resort.

An investigation was carried out by the unit but she resigned before it was completed.

Police found the relationship had continued despite this, and discovered photos and videos of the pair in a search of her home in September 2020.

These included footage of them kissing, of Wright topless with the victim’s hands on her breasts and of the two of them partially undressed in a car.

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Jailing Wright for two years and two months, Judge Rajeev Shetty said: "Despite you being under investigation and knowing how wrong this was, from May 2019 to August 2019 you carried on having your relationship with him.

"Despite you being outed, suspected or discovered you carried on the relationship and the levels of intimacy increased rather than decreasing or tailing off.

"As an SCO you would have known very well that relationships with detainees are not just frowned upon but strictly off limits – not just because people who are detained cannot have relationships with those who detain them, but because these detainees are children.

"You were a security officer, places of detention are not places of fun for either staff or detainees.

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