A female prison officer has been accused of having a three-month long relationship with an inmate.
Ruby Talaisaina Burgess, 33, from Miller, in NSW, was arrested and charged with one count of engaging in a relationship with an inmate causing a safety risk last month.
Police allege that Burgess started an inappropriate relationship with a 37-year-old inmate at Parklea Correctional Centre in December 2019 and continued the romance for three months.
Burgess was arrested after managers at the jail referred allegations to the Corrective Services Investigation Unit.
Burgess has been suspended from her role until the matter has been dealt with in court.
According to the Daily Telegraph Burgess began working at the prison last year when a private company took over the jail.
Burgess is yet to enter a plea and is required to meet strict bail conditions.
The prisoner is expected to be transferred to another prison.
The NSW Government introduced new laws in November 2019 that made it a crime for prison staff to have sex or a relationship with an inmate.
Burgess will appear in Blacktown Local Court again on May 28.