Florent Goncalves can let his hair grow long. In January, this clean-cut 41-year-old from Bordeaux gave back the keys to the Versailles women’s prison, which he’d been heading since March 2007. Two months later, he also returned the keys to the 120-square-meter apartment he’d been provided by the prison. All for the love of a woman: Emma Arbabzadeh, a 22-year-old inmate who had already made headlines.
The affair would make more headlines. Goncalves was arrested on the job, accused of having brought a cell-phone chip inside the prison in order to communicate with Arbabzadeh. He confessed on Jan. 12. Charged with “unlawfully giving banned objects,” he could face up to three years in jail. He is also suspected of favoring the young woman and her cellmates and was suspended without pay as of Jan. 1, while he awaits trial.