North East Wales

Retired police officer Robert Wyn Jones admits misconduct

Mold Crown Court
Image caption Mold Crown Court heard Jones faces a custodial sentence

A retired North Wales Police custody sergeant is facing jail after admitting misconduct in public office.

Robert Wyn Jones, 50, from Ruthin, Denbighshire, accessed a police report when not authorised to do so and passed details to a member of the public.

Jones initially denied the offence and a trial was expected but he changed his plea at Mold Crown Court on Monday.

Judge Philip Hughes adjourned for a pre-sentence report and warned Jones he should expect a custodial sentence.

Jones, a former custody sergeant at Wrexham police station, accessed the report in September 2012, passing details on to a member of the public who was not authorised to receive it.

He pleaded not guilty to three charges in June 2013.

A second charge of misconduct is not being proceeded with after he admitted an alternative Data Protection Act charge - that in November and December 2012 he unlawfully obtained and disclosed personal data to a woman.

A third charge of unauthorised accessing of computer material, which he denied, is not being proceeded with.

Sentencing was adjourned for two weeks.

Judge Philip Hughes told Jones: "I am sure you understand that for this kind of offending, you must come back expecting a custodial sentence."

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