Detective who let woman use gun as sex toy given jail term

A DETECTIVE who let a woman use his gun as a sex toy at a Tweed Heads police station has been sentenced to 20 months jail.

Mark Anthony Garner, 50, will be assessed to see whether the prison sentence can be served in the community under strict conditions.

The former police officer met the woman when she came to the station to report an alleged sexual assault at the station in June, 2011.

She was known to have mental health issues and was hospitalised soon after making the report.

The pair started a relationship which turned sexual and came to a head in September, 2011.

Garner snuck the woman into the closed Kingscliff police station and had sex with her in several locations, documenting the encounter with photographs.

He also allowed the woman to use his police-issued Glock pistol as a sex toy.

The woman kept the photographs on her laptop, which was stolen from her home.

The court heard Garner used the police database to find out details about the suspected thief, contrary to protocol.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct in office on Thursday.

Sydney District Court Judge Ross Letherbarrow sentenced Garner to 20 months in jail but referred him for assessment to see whether the sentence should be served in the community.

A final decision is expected on March 20.


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