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Senior Scotland Yard detective found guilty of misconduct

LONDON — A senior Scotland Yard detective was found guilty Thursday of trying to sell confidential information to a tabloid in the first conviction of a police officer in a corruption probe spawned by Britain's phone-hacking scandal.

Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn, one of the force's highest-ranking female detectives, was found guilty of misconduct in public office for leaking details of the phone-hacking investigation and seeking payment for it. The publication she made the offer to, the News of the World, was the newspaper under investigation for allegedly tapping into the private voicemails of thousands of people to get scoops.

The tabloid was shut down amid a public uproar in July 2011 after it emerged that reporters had intercepted messages left on the cellphone of a kidnapped 13-year-old girl who was later found dead.

Senior Scotland Yard detective found guilty of misconduct 01/10/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:48pm]
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