Female youth custody officer jailed for molesting boy, 15

Police release mugshot of female youth custody officer, 26, after she was jailed for two years for molesting boy, 15, at secure training centre

  • Ashley Wright, 26, admitted molesting 15-year-old boy at secure training centre
  • Court heard she encouraged boy to touch her breasts and sent him messages
  • Investigation was launched after she was spotted stroking the boy’s thigh 
  • She was jailed for two years and two months at Kingston Crown Court

Ashley Wright, 26, admitted abusing a position of trust when she sent the 15-year-old intimate messages and encouraged him to touch her breasts while he was on remand at a Buckinghamshire facility

Police have released a mugshot of a female custody officer after she was jailed for more than two years for molesting a teenage boy at a secure training centre.

Ashley Wright, 26, admitted abusing a position of trust when she sent the 15-year-old boy intimate messages and encouraged him to touch her breasts.

Kingston Crown Court heard how Wright took advantage of the teenager while he was on remand at the facility in Buckinghamshire, between May 2019 and January last year.

In one message to the boy she said: ‘I can’t wait to be in bed with you.’

Another message that was sent in November 2019 she wrote: ‘Babe u look sexy in that pic.’

An investigation was launched after Wright was spotted by a teacher stroking the boy’s thigh during a lesson.

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

The youth custody officer resigned before the investigation concluded in August 2019.

Police later recovered images of topless Wright cavorting with the boy on her iPad and mobile phone.

An investigation was launched after Wright was spotted by a teacher stroking the boy’s thigh during a lesson

Detective Sergeant Julie Harding, from South West Command Unit said today: ‘This woman committed a series of serious offences, abusing her position of trust in order to exploit and abuse a young man in a vulnerable position who was under her authority and in her care.

‘This sentence demonstrates that sexual assault and violence will not be tolerated in any form against any victim. Victims of abuse and sexual violence should feel confident that officers will work tirelessly to seek justice.

‘I would encourage anyone who is victim or witness to sexual abuse in any context to contact police. We have specially trained officers to investigate as well as ensuring there is ongoing support provided to victims.’

Wright, of Wigston, Leicestershire, admitted abusing a position of trust, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a child and engaging in sexual communication with a child.

Wright was jailed for two years and two months and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Wright was jailed for two years and two months and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years at Kingston Crown Court

Patrick Duffy, prosecuting, had said one of Wright’s colleagues had noticed Wright and the boy engaging in inappropriate behaviour in front of other children at the facility, including ‘inappropriately touching each other’s thighs underneath a desk’.

He added that when the colleague confronted her, Wright told them: ‘I’m not doing anything wrong’.

Another child at the centre also complained that Wright ‘treated him differently’ to the victim by allowing the victim to bully him, which Mr Duffy said was ‘a result of their sexual relationship’.

Speaking about the victim, Mr Duffy said: ‘He was a vulnerable child and she was employed to care for him and obviously there is a breach of trust there.’

He told the court that photographs of the victim touching Wright’s naked breasts and of them kissing, along with an eight-page ‘love letter’ were found during a police search of her home in September 2020.

Defence lawyer James Francis Keeley described Wright as a ‘hard-working young woman’ who was ‘deeply ashamed’ of her behaviour.

He told the court: ‘What makes this an unusual and exceptional case is the defendant is 26 years of age, of previous good character, and has genuine, heartfelt remorse for what she has done and the breach of trust she has caused in this case.’

Judge Rajeev Shetty said her sentence had been reduced by one-third due to Wright entering early guilty pleas, but he had also considered the fact she continued the relationship with the victim while under police investigation.

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