Seven corrective service officers will face a total of 12 serious criminal offences following a corruption investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
The CCC investigated allegations of corrupt practices occurring in the Capricornia Correctional Centre by Custodial Corrections Officers (CCO), supervisors and managers. The CCC led the investigation and was assisted by Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) and the Queensland Police Service.
This morning CCC officers served the seven QCS officers with Notices to Appear in court. They are all expected to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on 25 November 2019.
A breakdown of the charges is below:
- A Custodial Corrections Supervisor and a CCO will each face three counts of Misconduct in relation to Public Office contrary to section 92A of the Queensland Criminal Code.
- A CCO will face two counts of Misconduct in relation to Public Office contrary to section 92A of the Queensland Criminal Code.
- Two CCOs will each face one count of Misconduct in relation to Public Office contrary to section 92A of the Queensland Criminal Code.
- A CCO will face one count of disclosing the existence of a Confidential Notice contrary to section 84(2) of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001
- A CCO will face one count of common assault contrary to section 335 of the Queensland Criminal Code.
These charges follow the 33 recommendations made by the CCC to address corruption and corruption risks in Queensland corrective services facilities. The CCC tabled its Taskforce Flaxton report in Parliament on 14 December 2018. You can view a copy of the report Taskforce Flaxton: An examination of corruption risks and corruption in Queensland prisons on the CCC’s website.
As these matters are now before the court, it is not appropriate for the CCC to comment further.
The CCC is an independent agency combating major crime and reducing corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community.