Female prison officer who had an affair with an inmate is spared jail 

Stacey Sutherland (pictured at Teesside Crown Court) and prisoner Leon Shooter, 20, would kiss and cuddle inside a cupboard

Stacey Sutherland (pictured at Teesside Crown Court) and prisoner Leon Shooter, 20, would kiss and cuddle inside a cupboard

A female prison officer has has been spared jail after having an affair with an inmate at an institution for young offenders.

Stacey Sutherland and prisoner Leon Shooter, 20, would kiss and cuddle inside a cleaning cupboard at HMP Deerbolt, Teesside Crown Court was told.

The 27-year-old, who became a prison officer in 2017, had also previously engaged in a relationship with a fellow prison officer after her marriage broke down.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting, told the court how the relationship between Leon and Sutherland came to light when a fellow prison officer entered the female toilet.

She spotted paperwork on top of Sutherland's bag and suspected it was a love letter.

Ms Masters said the prison call record was checked and it was discovered that a woman Leon had been talking to a called 'Sophie Jackson' was in fact Sutherland.

Two phone calls and a number of letters of a sexual nature were discovered between Sutherland and Leon, who worked as a cleaner in the jail.

During one of the phone calls, Leon tells Sutherland that 'he likes it when the defendant's nice to him but also likes it when she gets aggressive'.

Leon, who has been convicted of blackmail, had been recalled to prison and was awaiting trial for a further offence at the time of the relationship.

The 27-year-old (pictured middle), who became a prison officer in 2017, had also previously engaged in a relationship with a fellow prison officer after her marriage broke down

The 27-year-old (pictured middle), who became a prison officer in 2017, had also previously engaged in a relationship with a fellow prison officer after her marriage broke down

Sutherland was escorted from the premises, placed under investigation and interviewed by police.

Ms Masters said: 'She states the relationship had never progressed past kissing. Normally they would kiss and cuddle and that was it. 

Sutherland, of County Durham, admitted one count of misconduct in a public

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