LONDON, April 26 A former police officer pleaded
guilty on Friday to selling stories to the Sun tabloid, the
latest public official to admit criminal offences in the wake of
an inquiry into phone-hacking centred on Rupert Murdoch's
James Bowes pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office
at a hearing at London's Old Bailey court. He will be sentenced
on May 9, police said.
No details of the case were given during the short hearing.
Bowes is said to have passed on information about
investigations to the Sun while working for Sussex Police, the
Press Association reported.
An earlier hearing was told he contacted Murdoch's now
defunct News of the World, offering to provide information from
a confidential police report to the newspaper and asking what
the information was worth.
He later contacted the Sun and offered to sell them
information, and an article was subsequently published for which
he was paid 500 pounds ($770).
He is the latest official to have pleaded guilty as part of
the police's Operation Elveden inquiry, which forms part of a
the wide-ranging criminal investigations launched following
claims journalists from the News of the World had hacked into
mobile phone voicemail messages.
Three former police officers and a prison officer have
already been jailed for selling stories or offering to sell
information to journalists on Murdoch's papers.