An aspiring Aussie rapper has detailed for the primary time how he fell in love with a glamorous jail officer throughout a two-month stint in considered one of Sydney’s most infamous prisons.
Hoodrich Hefner, whose actual title is Caleb Valeri, met Melissa Goodwin, 27, after being transferred to the Silverwater Correctional Complicated in Sydney’s west.
After initiating a relationship in jail, the pair went on to this point earlier than Goodwin was stood down by Corrective Companies NSW over a separate relationship with one other prisoner, Corey London.
‘I knew from the bounce’
“The very first thing that stood out to me was that she came visiting by herself. Often correctional officers stroll round in two or three pairs,” he advised notorious rapper and podcast host Spanian.
“It simply began. I knew from the bounce. I’ll be sincere. I’m not even attempting to sound cocky. The primary dialog we had, I knew that I bagged her.”
Valeri mentioned the pair continued to flirt over the subsequent week whereas he was positioned in a solitary cell.
“On a regular basis we have been simply buying and selling again conversations. I used to be simply testing the waters,” he mentioned.
“She was flirting again with rather a lot however what I perceive was that I didn’t need to make the bounce in case she was attempting to do a fast stand up on me and earn a stripe,” he continued, referring to fears of Goodwin ‘dobbing’ him in to her fellow officers.
After consulting together with his fellow cellmates, Valeri “constructed up the braveness” to put in writing a “large” letter to Goodwin. After doing so, he hid the note in a shaving tube left within the jail retailer room.
Inside “two minutes to half an hour”, Goodwin had responded with one other letter.
After speaking via written notes for an additional two weeks, Valeri mentioned Goodwin helped him get a “sweeper” job, which meant he was paid to assist with home duties across the jail. This additionally allowed them to escalate their relationship.
“I used to be principally floating round and doing my factor. I used to speak to her … and I used to play it off by pretending I used to be folding towels and making my mattress simply to get that additional 10 seconds, so we might have that dialog,” he mentioned.
“By the letters, we have been planning a future apparently.
“That’s the way it felt.”
Relationship continues out of jail
Whereas the pair’s romance remained secret throughout Valeri’s two-month stint in jail, he mentioned folks had suspicions.
Nonetheless, Goodwin and Valeri continued to this point after he was launched, with the couple dwelling at her household residence in southwest Sydney.
The expertise was blended, he recalled.
“I used to be spinning out. I noticed correctional clothes day-after-day in jail, to see one preparing in entrance of me,” he mentioned.
Whereas he believes Goodwin’s mother was conscious of the connection, he joked that at one level he pretended to be a concreter, as a way to preserve their romance below wraps from her dad.
“Her dad was suss on me from the bounce,” he mentioned.
Then, within the two to a few days after he was launched, Valeri remembers getting a name from Goodwin.
“I’m half asleep and he or she’s like: ‘They know, they know,’” he mentioned.
A couple of days later, Goodwin was arrested for sexual misconduct with an inmate. Valeri recalled he noticed a media frenzy and “20 police” bang on the door of her dad and mom’ residence whereas they have been sleeping.
“I’m considering to myself: ‘they’re coming for me, what have I finished,’” mentioned Valeri.
“It spun me out.”
Goodwin was arrested, and later convicted, on fees of participating in an intimate relationship with an inmate inflicting a security danger. Beneath NSW regulation the crime carries a most punishment of as much as two years in jail.
The prisoner was recognized as then 21-year-old Corey London, who had been convicted of armed theft.
Though Goodwin was accused of performing as much as 5 counts of oral intercourse on one other inmate, Corey London between December 2019 and April 2020, these fees have been later dropped.
Nonetheless, throughout the podcast, Valeri mentioned he felt hurt when these claims have been uncovered.
“It bought me burnt, I’m not going to lie,” he mentioned.
“That’s how I felt. New boyfriend each wing.”
Relationship ends and assault fees
Finally their relationship disintegrated.
“I had folks telling me it was no good, it was solely going to finish a method,” he mentioned.
Valeri additionally acquired pushback from a few of his pals on the time.
“I used to be courting a correctional supply, to some those who’s like courting a police officer,” he mentioned.
“I used to be all around the information and it bought to boys apparently getting raided due to me … they might blame me for the raids that have been taking place throughout.”
“I used to be shedding those who I grew up with left and proper.”
In September 2021, Goodwin, 26, was charged with assault occasioning precise bodily hurt after allegedly biting Valeri during an argument.
Nonetheless the fees have been dropped in June 2022 after Valeri failed to seem in court docket, regardless of two makes an attempt to serve him with subpoenas, the Daily Telegraph experiences.
Goodwin’s lawyer Derek Shridhar claimed his shopper bit the rapper in self-defense, so she might known as triple 0 after he lunged at her with out provocation.
Valeri can also be going through home violence fees, for allegedly assaulting and intimidating Goodwin, courting again to August 2021.