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Youth custody officer jailed for sexual relationship with 15-year-old boy

|News, Sexual offences

A youth custody officer who had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy under her care has been jailed for a total of two years and two months.

Ashley Wright, 26, carried out the inappropriate relationship between December 2018 and June 2019 with the teenager while he was remanded at a Milton Keynes secure training facility where she worked.

In one iMessage uncovered during the investigation Wright wrote: “I can’t wait to be in bed with you.” In another she wrote: “Babe u look sexy in that pic.”

Today (Tuesday, 22 June) Wright was sentenced to two years and two months in custody at Kingston Crown Court. She must serve at least half before she is considered for release. Wright was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years. She had previously pleaded guilty to inciting a boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity with a child, adult abuse of position of trust by inciting sexual activity with a boy and engaging in sexual communication with a child.

Wright’s behaviour was first spotted by a teacher at the facility who saw her inappropriately touch the child’s upper thigh during a lesson. Another child at the secure facility also complained that the victim was receiving preferential treatment.

An investigation into Wright’s conduct was opened but she resigned before it could be completed in August 2019.

Kate Shilton, from the CPS, said: “Ashley Wright abused her position of trust by carrying out a relationship with a 15-year-old boy in her care.

“As an adult at a secure training facility for children, Wright failed in the responsibility entrusted in her to look after the victim. Her actions were concerning, predatory and illegal.

“The prosecution case included topless images of Wright kissing the teenager along with messages of a sexual nature between the pair.

“The CPS will always seek to prosecute sexual offenders where there is the evidence to do so.”

Notes to editors

  • Ashley Wright (DOB: 12/12/1994) is from Wigston in Leicestershire.
  • Kate Shilton is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences at CPS London South.

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