‘Flirty’ prison officer had lag’s number inked on thigh and sent him saucy pic

A 'flirty' prison officer smuggled in a mobile phone for a lag and had his number inked on her inner thigh.

The 22-year-old has been jailed after the tattoo, meant as a symbol of her affection for a prisoner, was discovered during a medical examination.

Scarlett Aldrich, who was 20 at the time, fell for the jailed armed robber at the maximum security Full Sutton jail, near York.

At Hull Crown Court details revealed how Aldrich wrote love letters to the convict and smuggled in the mobile phone and sim card for him.

As her feelings deepened for the prisoner, known only as 'Jones', she decided to have his number inked to her upper thigh.

Colleagues at the prison became suspicious of the relationship between the pair which eventually led to the tattoo being found.

Suspicions about "flirty" behaviour between Jones and Aldrich began in August 2019 and a phone was found jammed up the inmate's backside with text messages from Aldrich in September.

A colleague spotted they were being 'flirty' with each other in the prison workshop and confronted her about the behaviour.

Despite denying the relationship, a letter addressed to Jones was intercepted by staff at HMP Full Sutton which contained a saucy photograph of her tattoo inside.

The same tattoo of Jones’ cell number was finally discovered by a nurse on Aldrich's upper left thigh while she was in police custody.

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Aldrich, from Sowerby in North Yorkshire, was sentenced on Wednesday (April 14) via video link from HMP New Hall, Wakefield, where she is being detained.

She admitted misconduct in public office and smuggling a mobile phone and sim card into prison at a previous hearing.

Aldrich was jailed for ten months by Judge John Thackray QC after she "breached the trust that had been given to" her.

Judge Thackray said: "Your offending is obviously very serious committed while you were acting as a prison officer in a high security prison.

"You did receive the training about the obvious dangers of developing close relationships with inmates.

"Despite this, you developed a relationship with an inmate serving a sentence for robbery. You allowed yourself to be taken in by him."

The judge told the court that he had to consider the risk of harm and at a maximum security prison that was considered high.

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