‘Sex favour’ prison officer escapes jail
A MALE police officer at a women-only prison escaped jail after a jury couldn’t decide if he had offered four inmates special favours in exchange for sex.
Simon Dykes (above), a senior warder at HMP Downview, in Surrey, was accused of having intercourse with one prisoner after promising to get her a special weekend release from custody to see her dying grandad.
He was also said to have taken advantage of another jailbird’s fragile mental state to have intercourse with her on several occasions.
It was alleged that Dykes, 46, a father of two, had stood in the women’s cells playing with himself while the inmates masturbated in front of him.
But following a jury’s failure at Guildford Crown Court to reach verdicts on four charges of misconduct in a public office, the prosecution announced that it would not seek a re-trial.
Dykes, from Westcott, near Dorking, Surrey, was discharged after Judge Neil Stewart formally brought in verdicts of Not Guilty on three of the counts.
The fourth count was ordered to lie on the file.
Dykes acquittal comes after he had already undergone two trials.
The former acting governor of the prison Russell Thorne, 41, had previously been jailed for five years over wrongdoings at the jail.