Love tri­an­gle probe ends in record for jail guard

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

A PRISON guard who had an in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship with an in­mate last year will per­ma­nently have the in­dis­cre­tion recorded in her em­ploy­ment his­tory.

The Bul­letin re­ported in Oc­to­ber the woman re­signed on Septem­ber 30 af­ter hav­ing an af­fair with a vi­o­lent pris­oner at the Townsville Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, but could still face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion sub­ject to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices’ Eth­i­cal Stan­dards Unit. The Bul­letin also re­vealed the guard’s hus­band was work­ing in a su­per­vi­sory role at the prison.

A depart­ment spokesman yes­ter­day told the Bul­letin the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sor­did love tri­an­gle had been com­pleted.

‘‘ Suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence has been col­lected that sup­ports the pur­suit of post sep­a­ra­tion dis­ci­plinary ac­tion,’’ he said.

The spokesman said the guard could be re­quired to de­clare her pre­vi­ous dis­ci­plinary his­tory be­fore she could be con­sid­ered for any fu­ture em­ploy­ment by a state gov­ern­ment agency.

‘‘ A post sep­a­ra­tion dis­ci­pline dec­la­ra­tion is only made in those cases cons i d e r e d t o b e t h e most se­ri­ous in na­ture,’’ he said.

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