Jail baby

A man and woman conceive after having sex between cell bars.

Published December 1, 2000 8:35PM (EST)

Of the millions of infants born each year in the United Kingdom, one new baby girl, named Tameka, will go down in history. The bouncing bundle of joy was conceived after her delinquent parents had sexual intercourse between the bars of a jail cell.

This heartwarming tale has its origins in the jail of Swansea Crown Court. A young couple had been seeing each other for three years, and last December they both found themselves in custody, waiting to appear in court. The woman, 19-year-old Donna Stokes, was accused of burglary, theft and driving violations. The man, 24-year-old Paul Rosser, was charged with burglary and attacking someone with a machete. But they had something in common other than criminal charges -- they had each other's love.

Stokes told the BBC she was temporarily detained in a corridor, separated by bars from the men's cells, where her boyfriend sat. But he didn't sit for long. In front of apparently lax security staff, she walked over to Rosser's cell, and the two achieved an acrobatic sort of sexual intercourse in between the bars.

"We hadn't seen each other for months and were all over each other through a barred gate in the middle of the corridor," Stokes told reporters.

There were repercussions: Stokes became pregnant, authorities opened an inquiry into how this could have happened and a security guard was disciplined.

The happy mother and child are currently residing at Holloway Prison in London, and expect to be freed in May 2001. The proud father, meanwhile, continues to serve out his sentence. The couple have told friends they hope to be married when both are released.

Whatever the future holds for this little nuclear household, the parents can always boast that they got away with something extraordinary: They engaged in intercourse while behind bars -- with someone of the opposite sex.

By Jack Boulware

Jack Boulware is a writer in San Francisco and author of "San Francisco Bizarro" and "Sex American Style."

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