No plea from cop accused of sex with prostitute at cop shop

THE case against a senior police officer accused of having sex with a prostitute in the Kingscliff watch house has been delayed.

Sergeant Mark Garner, 49, was expected to be arraigned in the Sydney District court on Friday morning but no plea was entered.

The sidelined officer was  allegedly on duty when he allegedly committed the offence in September, 2011.

He is also accused of allowing the sex worker to handle his police-issued Glock pistol.

A hearing has been set down for March 28.

Sgt Garner is one of three officers facing criminal charges over a series of scandals to rock the Tweed/Byron command in recent years.

Two others charged over an unrelated internal investigation into Tweed/Byron police ranks, will also be before the courts in coming weeks.

Discharged Detective Inspector Shane Diem, who left with full entitlements in 2012, will front a two-day special fixture hearing over allegations he lied to the NSW police watchdog.

The region's former crime manager once tested positive to cocaine at a Sydney party attended by federal police and was investigated as part of an internal operation targeting alleged drug use and supply amongst police officers in

Northern NSW and the Gold Coast.

The hearing is listed to begin in Sydney on Monday, March 24.

The case against his former colleague, Sergeant Roderick Morris, who is also charged with giving false/misleading evidence to the NSW Police Integrity Commission, was mentioned briefly in Sydney earlier this week and will return to court for an expected three-day hearing from April 2.


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