A WIGAN mum has blasted prison security after a convicted paedophile wrote to her 17-year-old son offering to bribe him to help get him out.
The 33-year-old Ince woman, who would not be named for fear of reprisals, was furious when she opened a letter addressed to her son from Mark Jarrett, who was recently jailed indefinitely for raping a 16-year-old boy.
The letter asked her son to befriend the victim on Facebook and get a confession from him, in exchange for £500 on his release.
Although she is confident Jarrett did not have much contact with her son before he was jailed, she is angry he was able to send a letter from HMP Liverpool trying to bribe him.
She said: “My son knew him briefly when Jarrett worked in a takeaway and he used to give him cigarettes. I don’t think he knew him that well. He didn’t know our full address.
“I was disgusted. I didn’t even know what had happened with Jarrett until I saw it in the papers, so I was concerned that he was talking to my son. But I know nothing had happened to my son.
“I have got in touch with the prison because they are supposed to check mail and I thought someone asking to help them get out of prison would be flagged up.
“It was written on lined paper and he put his name and prison number on it.”
An investigation has now been launched into how Jarrett was able to send mail of such an abusive and corruptive nature.
A prison service spokesman said: “Prison service rules prohibit correspondence that is threatening, indecent or a threat to security and prisoners’ mail is routinely monitored.
“HMP Liverpool is investigating this incident as a matter of urgency.”
Jarrett, 43, of Frog Lane, Gidlow, was jailed indefinitely last month after he had been found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of one offence of rape and three of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy on two occasions. He was cleared of two other sexual assaults.
He must serve a minimum term of five years before he can apply to the Parole Board but he was warned he may never be released.
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Whilst Jarrett had been in custody on remand he had sent letters to Judge Stephen Everett, citing nasty jibes about the victim and his family and also letters begging for a non-custodial sentence.