January 20, 2022, 3:45

    Married prison chief who groped male colleague and verbally abused others sacked

    Married prison chief who groped male colleague and verbally abused others sacked

    A married prison governor has been sacked after groping a male ­colleague during a night out, the Sunday People can reveal.

    Paul Addicott was axed for “gross misconduct” after a probe.

    But he continues to deny the claims and is challenging the decision.

    Witnesses claimed the dad-of-two, 36, grabbed a colleague’s crotch and was verbally abusive to others.

    A source said: “Addicott dismissed it as high jinks, but the victim said he felt violated. It is a sad end to a glittering career.”

    Addicott is said to have earned more than £60,000 a year as deputy governor of category B Wandsworth prison in South London, which holds about 1,600 inmates.

    A view of Wandsworth prison in southwest London

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    He is understood to have worked for the prison authorities for more than a decade.

    A message he posted about his job on the LinkedIn social ­network said: “Emotional intelligence, ­collaboration, ­partnership and influencing are key transferable skills required to be an effective leader.”

    Addicott was sacked ­following an internal ­investigation.

    There was no police inquiry.

    A prison officer unlocks a cell door (Stock photo)

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    Our insider ­added: “The ­incident sent shock waves through Wandsworth jail.”

    A Prison Service spokesman said: “A member of staff at HMP Wandsworth was dismissed following an ­investigation.

    “We do not tolerate sexual misconduct.”

    Speaking at his home in Sutton, Surrey, sacked Addicott told us: “The allegations made have been denied by me throughout and I am in the process of seeking legal advice with a view to challenging the decision to dismiss me.

    “It would be inappropriate for me to ­comment any further.”

    Official figures which came to light last year showed prison staff are being sacked at the rate of three a week, for offences including ­corruption, fraud and sex with inmates.

    Some 1,121 officers and other employees were dismissed between 2014 and 2020.

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