A WOODHILL Prison officer has been charged with misconduct in public office for allegedly selling information to The Sun.
Earlier today, the CPS announced that Richard Trunkfield had been arrested under Operation Elveden – the investigation into corrupt payments to public officials – after allegedly taking a payment of £3,350 from the newspaper in return for information on a high profile prisoner.
Mr Trunkfield was employed as a Prison Operational Support Officer at Woodhill at the time of the alleged offence in 2010.
Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions who oversees CPS decision on phone hacking investigations, confirmed they had received a file of evidence on the prison officer last month.
She said: “We have concluded, following a careful review of the evidence, that Richard Trunkfield, who was a Prison Operational Support Officer at HMP Woodhill, should be charged with an offence of committing misconduct in public office.
“It is alleged that in 2010 Mr Trunkfield provided information to The Sun newspaper in breach of the terms of his employment and was paid £3,350. The charge relates to an allegation that Mr Trunkfield provided details to the newspaper about a high profile prisoner.”
The charge alleges that between March 2, 2010 and April 30, 2010, Mr Trunkfield, ‘wilfully misconducted himself to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in that office’.
Mr Trunkfield will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court later this year. A date has not yet been set.