A PRISON healthcare worker from South Kirkby stood guard while a colleague performed a sex act on a convicted rapist, a trial heard.
The allegations were made at Leeds Crown Court, where four workers from high security HMP Wakefield are on trial charged with misconduct in a public office.
The court heard nurse Karen Cosford had sex with convicted rapist Brian McBride in the healthcare unit at the maximum security prison.
The married 47-year-old is also alleged to have performed a sex act on the lifer in his cell while two female colleagues, Carolyn Falloon and Jacqueline Flynn, of The Leys, South Kirkby, effectively stood guard outside.
The prosecution claim the three women and fellow nurse David Sunderland, 49, turned a blind eye to McBride having an illegal phone inside the jail.
Opening the case last Friday, prosecutor Richard Wright said the jury may be invited to say the whole place had been turned on its head and “everybody was at it”.
He said: “Throughout 2008 and 2009 the prosecution contends that roles and responsibilities within the healthcare centre were turned on their heads as members of staff, prison officers and prison service nurses, allowed themselves to be drawn into an utterly corrupt relationships with Brian McBride that undermined the integrity, safety and security of the prison.”
He said McBride was an accomplished liar and fantasist who portrayed himself as being significantly wealthy outside of prison.
The court heard he had regular access to the defendants in his prison approved job as a cleaner at the healthcare unit.
Mr Wright said the defendants were in a position of special trust and responsibility who had been trained to maintain appropriate professional standards.
Mr Wright added: “Instead each of these defendants entered into a corrupt relationship with the prisoner that even, in the case of Karen Cosford extended to having a sexual relationship with him.”
Mr Wright said all the defendant know McBride was in possession of mobile telephones and SIM Cards - prohibited items that even they as staff could not take into the secure areas of the prison.
He said: “Cosford, Falloon and Flynn also engaged in regular text messaging and telephone conversations with McBride while not at work.”
On Monday the court heard how photographs of Cosford were found hidden in a bag of sugar along with a love letter.
Mr Wright read the handwritten letter - which was not signed or addressed to anyone - to the jury.
It said: “My heart sank when you didn’t reply to my text messages. I really thought it was the end. I felt happy and elated when I first saw you when I got back to work, such a wonderful and warm feeling inside when I knew you were okay.
“I can’t wait for us to continue this relationship out of the confines of this place.”
The letter ended by saying “I’m committed to this one hundred per cent don’t ever forget that. I love you dearly with all my heart”, and it was signed with a number of kisses.
Cosford, of Marston Walk, Altfots, denies three charges of misconduct in a public office.
She claimed to police she was raped and blackmailed by McBride. The prosecution maintain she was a willing participant in the relationship.
Falloon, 50, of Manor Crescent, Walton, denies three counts of misconduct, Flynn, 46, of The Leys, South Kirkby, denies two counts, and Sunderland, 49, of Millcroft Lofthouse, denied one misconduct count.
The trial continues.