Prison nurse, 24, who exchanged over 500 calls with inmate avoids jail

Prison nurse, 24, who exchanged over 500 ‘inappropriate’ calls and texts with inmate in 16 days avoids jail

  • Emily Green, 24, dismissed from the position as a staff nurse at HMP Humber
  • She was sentenced to a total of four months in prison suspended for 12 months
  • Some 500 messages were exchanged between Green and an inmate at the jail
  • The prohibited phone was found hidden inside a chair in the prisoner’s cell 

A prison nurse has avoided jail after exchanging 500 ‘inappropriate’ calls and texts with an inmate over the course of 16 days. 

Emily Green, 24, was dismissed from her position as a staff nurse at HMP Humber after it was discovered she had been involved in an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with an inmate.

A prohibited mobile phone, found hidden inside a chair in an inmate’s cell, had more than 500 messages, calls and voicemails on it from a contact saved as ‘xxx’. 

The messages were exchanged within a sixteen day period in March and April 2018, when Green was 22 years old.

Emily Green (pictured), 24, was dismissed from her position as a staff nurse at HMP Humber after it was discovered she had been involved in an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with an inmate

Green was suspended from her role at the prison on April 5, but was arrested in September that year and taken to Clough Road police station where he phone was seized.

‘The phone was analysed and one message received read “be careful x” which had been seen on the phone of the inmate,’ said prosecuting barrister Julia Baggs at Hull Crown Court.

There were 508 contacts made between Green and the inmate, with 168 of them initiated by Green.

Ms Baggs added: ‘There were concerns about the defendant spending a lot of time on H Wing and I Wing, going in while prisoners were out of their cells. This was reported to security.

Green (pictured) was suspended from her role at the prison on April 5, but was arrested in September that year and taken to Clough Road police station where he phone was seized

‘The defendant had four face-to-face meetings with the inmate for medical reasons between January and March but she accessed his medical records nine times which could not be explained.

‘A statement from the head of healthcare said that there was no health reason as to why the defendant and the inmate would have such regular contact.’

Green, from north Hull, appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday, October 19, to be sentenced for one count of misconduct in public office.

Mitigating barrister Ian Phillip said that since the offence Green had ‘learnt her lesson’ and has since moved on to other employment.

Adressing Green in the dock, Judge David Tremberg QC said: ‘Your role required you to interact with colleagues and inmates with the utmost professional integrity.’

‘The offence is the culmination of a wide ranging enquiry into your inappropriate behaviour.

‘You became aware that the inmate was in possession of a mobile phone. You should have disclosed that fact because its presence in his possession had a tendency to undermine prison governance.

‘Instead, you exploited it.’

‘You had secretly and surreptitiously formed a wholly inappropriate personal relationship with this inmate.

Mitigating barrister Ian Phillip said that since the offence Green had ‘learnt her lesson’ and has since moved on to other employment (file image)

‘Your offending continued as you unlawfully accessed the records of this patient for no good professional reason.’

Judge Tremberg told Green that her offence breached the trust of her public office, undermined the confidence of those working within prisons and that she had left herself ‘open to risk of manipulation and exploitation’.

‘You knew what you were doing was wrong but you continued to offend,’ he said. ‘Such offending is so serious that it must be marked by a custodial sentence.

‘The only question is whether it has to be immediate or suspended. The evidence is clear in this case that you presented as a rather naïve, headstrong, immature, foolhardy young person.

‘It is said you have learnt your lesson. I hope you have.’

Judge Tremberg sentenced Green to a total of four months in prison suspended for 12 months. She must also complete 15 days rehabilitation activity requirement. 

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