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Former Kirkham Prison Librarian Sentenced For Having Sex With Male Inmate

A 46-year-old former Kirkham Open Prison librarian, Sharon Mawdsley, who had an affair with an inmate has today (Friday 24th May) been sentenced at Preston Crown Court to nine months in prison suspended for 12 months and 200 hours unpaid work.

During her trial, Mawdsley of St Luke’s Road, Blackpool, had originally been accused of five sexual assaults on two prisoners in the library at Kirkham prison in Lancashire in 2018 as well as one charge of misconduct in public office. She was alleged to have molested the men over an eight-month period between 1st December 2017 and 5th July, 2018. The mother-of-two admitted that she had a sexual relationship with a third prisoner but denied she had assaulted the other two inmates.

She said intercourse had occurred with the third prisoner just once on her last shift in the library at Kirkham Open Prison prior to her dismissal in July 2018. She told the Court that the two had met when the prisoner visited the library where she was a part time assistant, sometimes working alone in the evenings.

Mawdsley admitted that she and the prisoner had not only exchanged telephone numbers but also had texted and Facetimed each other before having sex in the office of the prison library. She explained to the Preston Crown Court that she and her husband, from whom she is now separated, were having marital and financial difficulties at the time. Additionally, Mawdsley admitted taking part in sexualised conversations with inmates when she was working in the library.

After a five-day trial, the jury at Preston Crown Court found her not guilty of five sexual assaults on two prisoners in the library at Kirkham Open Prison in 2018. On the one charge of misconduct in public office Judge Phillip Parry today (Friday 24th May) sentenced Mawdsley to nine months in prison suspended for 12 months and 200 hours unpaid work.

Featured image of Sharon Mawdsley by Chris Neill and from this previous Lytham St Anne’s News article: https://www.lythamstannes.news/news/kirkham-librarian-denies-charges-that-she-sexually-assaulted-numerous-male-inmates/

 

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