A Suffolk-based police officer has pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office. 

Russell Hinkins, 43, of Haverhill in Suffolk, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court after being charged with misconduct in a public office, securing unauthorised access to material, and disclosing information without consent last month.

Hinkins, who worked as an officer for Essex police, was first arrested in 2022 as part of an internal investigation. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Hinkins resigned in March 2023Hinkins resigned in March 2023 (Image: Newsquest)

He was accused of sharing images and material of a sensitive nature without a policing purpose to do so. 

In a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to the offence. 

Hinkins, who resigned from his role in March 2023 ,will next appear in court on March 25.

A sentencing date is yet to be confirmed.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “The actions of Russ Hinkins have caused a great deal of distress to those involved and I am pleased we have held him accountable.

“The actions of Hinkins do not represent the values of Essex Police or the hardworking officers, staff and volunteers who are dedicated professionals committed to serving the people of Essex.”