Tyne & Wear

Durham prison officer denies sex with female inmates

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Image caption David Whitfield was bailed ahead of a trial next year

A prison officer has denied engaging in sexual activity with 12 female prisoners.

David Whitfield is charged with committing misconduct in a public office over five years up to 2016 when he worked at HMP Low Newton in Durham.

The 34-year-old, of Colman Avenue in South Shields, South Tyneside, is also accused of sexually assaulting a woman between 2014 and 2015.

Appearing at Durham Crown Court, he denied the charges and was bailed.

He will face trial at Newcastle Crown Court next July.

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