‘PC sent explicit text messages’

police officer mark wilkie arrives at cambridge crown court to answer charges of harrassment to vunerable females etc
police officer mark wilkie arrives at cambridge crown court to answer charges of harrassment to vunerable females etc
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A FORMER police officer from Newport Pagnell has appeared in court charged with sending explicit text messages to a string of vulnerable women.

It is claimed Mark Wilkie, 51, obtained the women’s details from the police force computer system.

It is understood some of the women had been victims of crime and all had been classed as vulnerable.

Mr Wilkie appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday charged with nine counts of misconduct in a public office.

These relate to messages he is alleged to have sent to nine females while serving as a police officer between July 2009 and September last year.

He is also charged with wilful neglect of conducting work whilst in public office, as well as one offence of theft from a dwelling.

Mr Wilkie, who lives in Leary Crescent, had worked for years as a police officer in Leighton Buzzard.

He has now resigned from the force.

He had been due to inform the court on Monday whether he intended to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges.

But the plea was adjourned after his barrister asked for more time to examine the charges in detail.

The case will continue in September.

If found guilty, Mr Wilkie could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.