Correctional officer charged under new legislation over alleged inmate relationship, NSW

A female correctional officer is the first person to be charged with a newly-legislated offence following an alleged inappropriate relationship with an inmate.

Detectives from the Corrective Services Investigation Unit commenced an investigation following reports a correctional officer and an inmate had been involved in an inappropriate relationship at a Western Sydney correctional facility.

Following inquiries, detectives arrested a 33-year-old woman at a home at Stanhope Gardens about 3.15pm yesterday (Wednesday 13 February 2019).

She was taken to Riverstone Police Station and issued a Court Attendance Notice for the new offence of engage in relationship with inmate cause safety risk to correctional centre.

Police will allege in court that the woman was involved in a romantic relationship with a 41-year-old male inmate, which compromised her position as a correctional officer.

The woman is due to appear at Blacktown Local Court on Thursday 7 March 2019.

The operator of the facility has since terminated the woman’s employment. The inmate will be transferred to another facility.

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