Jail for police sergeant who tried to sell celebrity story to tabloid
James Bowes contacted the now defunct Sunday tabloid newspaper and told a journalist that police child protection officers had gone to the home of Price’s former husband Peter Andre in Brighton.
This followed a report that the couple’s daughter, Princess Tiaamii, then aged two, had been injured in 2010, the Old Bailey heard.
The team found no untoward injuries to the child and the matter was not taken further, the court was told.
But Bowes, who worked for in Brighton for Sussex Police, emailed the newspaper asking for money for the information.
The story was printed with information from another source and Bowes was never paid.
Bowes, 30, from Steyning, West Sussex, pleaded guilty last month to misconduct in public office.
The court heard that he passed information to the Sun newspaper about a child who was bitten by a fox and was paid £500.
And he passed on details of a psychic who had contacted police about a search for bodies in two former Brighton homes in 2010 of serial killer Peter Tobin, but was not paid.
Bowes was charged by officers from Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police investigation into police corruption.
Mr Justice Fulford told Bowes: “You have made available to the press confidential information concerning children.
“Your explanation is that it was a foolish attempt by you to be in some part associated with notorious or high-profile cases.”
Bowes had abused his position of trust and undermined the relationship the police had with the public.
Stephen Wedd, mitigating, said Bowes had now given £500 to the Crimestoppers charity, and had been dismissed by Sussex Police.