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Officials admit selling information to UK newspapers

From Andrew Carey, CNN
updated 7:17 AM EST, Fri March 8, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Four people plead guilty to charges of misconduct in a public office
  • Former police officer Alan Tierney admits selling information to The Sun newspaper
  • The charges follow an investigation of corrupt payments by British papers

London (CNN) -- Four people -- two former police officers, a former prison officer and a public official -- pleaded guilty in a London court Friday to charges of misconduct in a public office.

The charges at the Old Bailey Criminal Court follow an investigation into corrupt payments by British newspapers.

Former police officer Alan Tierney, who pleaded guilty to two charges of misconduct in public office, admitted selling information to The Sun newspaper.

Ex-prison officer Richard Trunkfield also admitted selling details to The Sun, relating to a "high-profile" prisoner.

The Sun, Britain's best-selling tabloid, belongs to the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. media empire.

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