By Katie Feehan For Mailonline
Published: 15:29 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 15:30 BST, 3 May 2021
Erica Whittingham, 33, is accused of helping Michael Seddon (pictured) escape from HMP Sudbury and assisting him while on the run
A female prison officer has been charged with helping an inmate escape from a Derbyshire jail and having a relationship with him.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Erica Whittingham appeared at Derby Crown Court to face two charges relating to the alleged offences.
The prosecution claim she formed a relationship with convicted robber Michael Seddon while she was working at HMP Sudbury where he was serving his sentence.
They then claim the 33-year-old helped him escape and assisted him while he was on the run for almost six months.
Whittingham, of Bramshall, Uttoxeter, denies the charges.
Adjourning the case to trial, Recorder Adrian Reynolds told her: 'What I would