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Charged with bribery

By Myles Peterson

A former female Corrections Victoria officer from Dhurringile Prison has been charged with seven counts of bribery of a public official and one count of misconduct in public office.

Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission last week announced the former officer would appear before Echuca Magistrates’ Court in October.

Corrections Minister Gayle Tierney said she could not comment on the charges.

‘‘I am aware that following an investigation IBAC has charged a former Dhurringile Prison staff member,’’ Ms Tierney said.

‘‘As the matter is now before the courts, I am unable to comment further at this time.’’

Shadow Corrections Minister Edward O’Donohue said the new charges were an indication of crisis levels being reached inside Victoria’s prisons.

‘‘After four years of the Andrews Government, the corrections system is in crisis,’’ Mr O’Donohue said.

‘‘Corrections Minister Gayle Tierney must provide an assurance that prison governance systems have been audited to ensure any alleged corruption can be exposed and investigated.’’

The charges came after reports emerged in May that allegations of illegal activity within Dhurringile Prison were reportedly made to IBAC.

At the time, a Corrections Victoria spokesperson confirmed a female prison officer resigned in February following the allegations being raised.

‘‘Corrections Victoria expects all our staff to uphold the highest levels of professionalism and ethics,’’ the spokesperson said at the time.

‘‘We take allegations of misconduct extremely seriously and are assisting the IBAC investigation.’’

— With AAP