The RCMP has confirmed four of its officers and three civilian staff members are being investigated for allegedly watching a video monitor as two female inmates had sex in a Kamloops jail cell.

Insp. Tim Shields said in a news release yesterday the allegations are that for seven minutes on Aug. 18, four RCMP officers, two civilian cell guards and a civilian watch clerk — all of them men — watched the two women engage in what appeared to be consensual sex without intervening.

The women had been arrested in two unrelated incidents for and were being held in a cell that is monitored by closed-circuit video, said Shields.