Female custody officer who molested boy, 15, and sent sexually-charged texts saying ‘Babe u look sexy’ jailed

A FEMALE custody officer who molested a 15-year-old boy and sent sexually-charged text messages saying “Babe u look sexy” has been jailed.

Ashley Wright, a 26-year-old youth custody officer from Wigston, in Leicestershire, carried out the inappropriate relationship with a boy under her care, between December 2018 and June 2019.

Ashley Wright, 26, arriving at Wimbledon Magistrates Court in March, earlier this yearCredit: SWNS

The teenager had been remanded at a Milton Keynes secure training facility where she worked.

In one iMessage that came up as evidence in 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.”

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

A spokeswoman from the Crown Prosecution Service said the photos were found in her bedroom, when a search warrant was executed.

Digital copies of the images, which included the victim with her, were also discovered on her iPad and mobile phone.

On Tuesday, Wright was sentenced to two year and two months prison time in custody at Kingston Crown Court, as well as being placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

She must serve at least half of the prison time before she is considered for release.

Wright 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.

 Another teacher first spotted that something was amiss with Wright’s relationship with the boy, after spotting her inappropriately touching the child’s upper thigh during a lesson.

Another child at the secure facility also complained that the victim was receiving preferential treatment. 

This led to an investigation being opened into Wright’s conduct – though she resigned before this 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.

Shilton, a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit at CPS London South, said the CPS “will always seek to prosecute sexual offenders where there is the evidence to do so.”

Wright has been sentenced to two year and two months prison time in custody at Kingston Crown Court

Wright has been sentenced to two year and two months prison time in custody at Kingston Crown CourtCredit: SWNS

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