Woman Jailed for Misconduct in Public Office

13/11/2009

Former prison officer Kelly McDade was today sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office following her inappropriate relationship with an inmate under her care.

Former prison officer Kelly McDade was today sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office following her inappropriate relationship with an inmate under her care.

Ms McDade was a prison officer at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute when she started a relationship with dangerous offender, Nelson Delgado.  She later gave birth to his child.  Ms McDade also pleaded guilty to bringing prohibited articles to Mr Delgado when he was moved to a second Young Offenders Institute and possession of cannabis.

CPS Crown Advocate Nigel Ogborne said: "Ms McDades blatant disregard for her duties as prison officer is staggering.  Her behaviour completely undermined the penal system of this country.

"Not only did she commit a serious breach of trust by conducting a sexual relationship with an inmate, Ms McDade drastically compromised the security of the prison by sneaking off whilst on duty to be with him.  She then went on to smuggle mobile phones to Mr Delgado when he was moved to another Institute, which gave rise to internal security risks.

"In a final act of defiance, Ms McDade sold her story to a national magazine for financial gain.  Ironically, the admissions made to the press meant that Ms McDade had no option but to plead guilty to the charges brought by the CPS.  We have applied to the court to recover the proceeds of this crime to ensure that Ms McDade does not benefit from her criminal behaviour.

"Todays sentence reflects the seriousness of the case and sends out a message that those who strive to profit from such criminality, will not succeed."