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Sentencing continues today for former cop on sex charges

A FORMER Tweed police officer accused of having sex with a woman in the Kingscliff watchhouse will reappear for sentencing at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court today.

Mark Anthony Garner, 49, gave evidence before the court on Friday, in a partial sentencing hearing.

The former Tweed-Byron LAC Senior Sergeant was sidelined on November 11 after being accused of having sex in the watchhouse, while on duty.

Garner allegedly allowed the woman he had sex with to play with his police-issued Glock pistol.

Garner has pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct in a public office. On Friday, Garner wept as he told the court of a downward spiral in his career.

He told the court he "just wasn't coping with life in general".

When he gave evidence at the sentencing, Garner admitted to becoming attracted to a woman he had met at Kingscliff Police Station, before allowing her to handle his pistol.

He admitted to accessing police files to retrieve a laptop containing intimate photos of the pair.

Garner said he was diagnosed with PTSD in 2012, after years of investigating violent crimes.

Garner reappeared in court yesterday, and his sentencing will continue today.

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