Prison officer who had sex with ‘at least two’ inmates at high security jail locked up for 18 months

Latoya Gautrey had inappropriate relationships with three inmates, and at least two were sexual

Latoya Gautrey

A prison officer has been locked up for 18 months after having sex with inmates at a high security jail.

Latoya Gautrey, 32, formed relationships with inmates at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, and the court was told ”at least two, if not three” were sexual.

Sign up to our NationalWorld Today newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Gautrey, from Stanwick, was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court after admitting three counts of misconduct in a public office.

Between October 2019 and March 2020, Gautrey was working as a prison officer at the prison, which is a category A jail, meaning it holds inmates deemed to be highly dangerous to the public, when she had ‘inappropriate’ relationships with three inmates.

Gautrey, of Needham Road, also communicated with the prisoners through prohibited mobile phones which they possessed.

She was arrested in March last year before being charged in April 2021.

HMP Woodhill.

‘Her behaviour undermines the criminal justice system’

At a previous plea hearing Judge Francis Sheridan asked how many of the relationships were said to be sexual.

Nigel Ogborne, prosecuting, said: “At least two, if not three.”

The court heard that Gautrey had struck up inappropriate relationships with three prisoners referred to in court as L Greenfield, T Williams-Dawodu and M Ashby.

Gautrey accepted that her relationships with Williams-Dawodu and Ashby were “intimate”.

Judge Sheridan told the court: “The intimate relationship, referred to by the court of appeal, is of course intercourse.”

Investigating officer Sergeant Jacqui Baverstock, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “Gautrey was the holder of a public office during which she formed inappropriate relationships with prisoners who were serving sentences for serious offences.

“She failed to act appropriately or report that they had access to mobile devices that are illegal within the prison system.

“Her behaviour undermines the criminal justice system and she has been sentenced as a result.”

We want to hear from you: let us know what you think about this story and be part of the debate in our comments section below

A message from the editor:

Thank you for reading. NationalWorld is a new national news brand, produced by a team of journalists, editors, video producers and designers who live and work across the UK. Find out more about who’s who in the team, and our editorial values. We want to start a community among our readers, so please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and keep the conversation going. You can also sign up to our email newsletters and get a curated selection of our best reads to your inbox every day.