“I hope that we’ll have a wonderful relationship,” the woman, who is nine-months pregnant, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The father of the soon-to-be-born child is a 38-year-old man who was first convicted in 2001 for repeatedly raping a female friend of his girlfriend. One of the attacks was so violent that he was also charged with attempted murder. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Following his conditional release from prison in 2006, the 38-year-old then attacked and raped a woman in Gothenburg in western Sweden, resulting in a four year prison sentence.
He also attacked his ex-girlfriend in a prison visitors’ room she came to visit him, raping her several times during the short visit.
“I’ll break your neck if you scream,” the 38-year-old threatened, according to Aftonbladet.
Despite the man’s chequered past, the now-expectant mother found herself smitten with the convicted rapist while she was assigned to guard him during his time in prison.
“We started talking to one another and afterwards it developed into a relationship,” she explained.
The secret romance is far from the only prohibited relationship which blossomed at the prison in recent years.
According to Aftonbladet, there are at least three additional known love affairs involving female guards and violent male criminals younger than 30-years-old.
“They joked with each other about who they were having sex with,” a prison employee told the newspaper about exchanges between inmates.
“There were a lot of us who thought it was unpleasant. The situation led to us being subject to various distasteful proposals.”
All of the secretive sexual interludes between guards and inmates took place on the top floor of a special facility at the prison where only sex-offenders are housed.
According to Aftonbladet, the supposedly hush-hush hanky panky was one of the worst kept secrets among both guards and prisoners.
“No one batted any eye when a guard and an inmate were alone in a room for several hours,” a prison employee told the newspaper.
The female guard now expecting a child had sex with the convicted rapist on several occasions within prison walls before their secret romance was discovered and she chose to quit her prison job in order to continue seeing the 38-year-old, who is due to be released from prison in 2013, at which time he is to be deported.
While admitting that the father of her child has committed a number of violent crimes, the mother-to-be is confident about her future with the 38-year-old.
“I know he was convicted for a rape in the visitors’ room, but that was three years ago,” she told Aftonbladet, adding that she considered it “totally wrong” that she can’t meet the 38-year-old.
Henrik Svärd, regional head for the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården), said he was aware of the cases, but emphasized that the four guards in question no longer work for the agency.
“When this became known they chose to quit immediately,” he told Aftonbladet.
He admitted that, despite training which encourages guards to develop a “personal relationship with inmates, but not a private one”, such romances do occur from time to time in prisons throughout the country.
“This is nothing unique to this particular prison,” he said.