Ashley Wright was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court (Image: Tony Kershaw / SWNS)

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A 26-year-old youth custody officer had an affair with a 15-year-old boy at a secure training centre, a court has heard.

Ashley Wright sent the teenager intimate messages and encouraged him to touch her breasts.

Wright took advantage of the teenager while he was on remand at the facility in Buckinghamshire, between May 2019 and January 2020.

The court heard she sent the boy an iMessage which said: "I can't wait to be in bed with you."

In another message she sent in November 2019 she wrote: "Babe u look sexy in that pic."

The affair was discovered when a teacher spotted Wright stroking the boy's thigh during a lesson and another boy at the secure facility complained that the victim was receiving preferential treatment.

Wright was jailed for two years and two months
(Image: Tony Kershaw / SWNS)

Investigators later recovered images of Wright kissing the teenager when she was topless.

Wright encouraged the boy to grab her breasts on October 21, 2019 and touched him inappropriately on New Year's Eve 2019, Kingston Crown Court heard.

The youth custody officer resigned before the investigation concluded in August 2019.

Wright was ordered to sign on the sex offenders' register for 10 years
(Image: Tony Kershaw / SWNS)

Wright, of Blunts Lane, Wigston, admitted abusing a position of trust, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a child and engaging in sexual communication with a child.

She denied a further charge of engaging in sexual communication with a child in respect of a sexually-explicit letter she allegedly sent the boy and the prosecution offered no evidence.

Wright was jailed for two years and two months and ordered to sign on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Kate Shilton, from the CPS, said: "Ashley Wright abused her position of trust by carrying out a relationship with a 15-year-old boy in her care.

"As an adult at a secure training facility for children, Wright failed in the responsibility entrusted in her to look after the victim. Her actions were concerning, predatory and illegal.

"The prosecution case included topless images of Wright kissing the teenager along with messages of a sexual nature between the pair.

"The CPS will always seek to prosecute sexual offenders where there is the evidence to do so."