Married prison drugs worker, 54, had 'sex chats' on phone with inmate

Married prison drugs worker, 54, is spared jail after her ‘sex chats’ on phone with inmate were exposed by guards routinely monitoring his calls

  • Tracey Storey, from Doncaster, was a substance misuse worker at HMP Moorland
  • The 54-year-old was caught having ‘sex chats’ with prisoner Nicholas Millward
  • She admitted to one count of wilful misconduct in a public office in lower courts
  • Storey sentenced to three month suspended sentence at Sheffield Crown Court

Substance misuse worker Tracey Storey, 54, had the inappropriate relationship with prisoner Nicholas Millward at HMP Moorland in Doncaster, South Yorkshire

A married prison worker was busted for having phone ‘sex chats’ with an inmate after guards recognised her voice while monitoring the prisoner’s calls, a court heard.

Substance misuse worker Tracey Storey, 54, had the inappropriate relationship with prisoner Nicholas Millward at HMP Moorland in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Jail staff were monitoring the prisoner’s calls as a matter of routine when they recognised Storey’s voice on February 5.

Prosecutor Michael Jones told Sheffield Crown Court that Storey was suspended from duty in the prison’s healthcare department and, while being escorted from the prison, said: ‘I have been dreading this day. I have been waiting for this moment.’

Storey’s manager became concerned after their meetings took longer than usual and Storey ‘unusually’ met Millward in reception, after his transfer from HMP Doncaster.

The inmate called her personal phone nine times between October and December 2019, and listed her personal number under the name of his ex-partner.

He was later transferred from HMP Moorland to HMP Leeds.

The court heard there was no sexual contact between the pair, and the relationship with Millward lasted from November 11, 2019, to February 6, 2020.  

Richard Barradell, mitigating, said he accepted prison security had been compromised, but Storey’s wrongdoing went no further than ‘sexual chat.’

Storey’s manager became concerned after their meetings took longer than usual and Storey ‘unusually’ met Millward in reception at HMP Moorland (pictured)

He said she had no previous convictions, but was ‘vulnerable’ and ‘at a low ebb’ because of bereavements at the time of the offending.

‘She was struggling to extricate herself from this relationship,’ said Mr Barradell.

‘She is utterly ashamed and very, very embarrassed.

‘She lost her job as a result and now works in a pharmacy.’

Storey, of Coventry Grove, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to wilful misconduct in a public office at the lower court.

Judge Michael Slater told her: ‘In my view this does cross the custody threshold. You abused a position of trust. You were sufficiently experienced to be aware of the dangers of this type of liaison.

‘What you did potentially undermines the moral authority of the prison service. Had it gone further, the outcome of this hearing today would be very different.’

On Friday, the judge sentenced Storey to three months behind bars suspended for 12 months. 

She was subsequently dismissed from her position working for Care UK based at HMP Moorland.

On Friday, at Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Michael Slater sentenced Storey to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months

Detective Scott Jarvis, speaking after the case, said: ‘The public quite rightly expect high standards of conduct from those that work within our prison service.

‘Storey’s behaviour was inappropriate and criminal, and I am pleased that she accepted responsibility for her crimes before a court.

‘South Yorkshire Police’s Prison Crime Unit will continue to work alongside our Prison Partners and take any inappropriate relationship or any other form of corruption seriously.

‘We will pursue anyone engaging in such activity and remove them from employment in Her Majesty’s Prisons. Those involved in serious criminality will find themselves converted from employee to inmate.’

Security Governor for HMP Moorland, Emma MILNE said ‘We are pleased to work in partnership with South Yorkshire Police’s Prison Crime unit who took prompt action on this case and continue to support us in tackling inappropriate action and corruption within HMPPS.’

The reason for Millward’s imprisonment was not discussed in court and the CPS did not provide the details when requested by MailOnline. 

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