The newspaper Sun published detailed information about the mother of the footballer John Terry which information was provided by a former Surrey police officer who admitted having sold it.
The 40 years old Tierney pleaded guilty on the two offenses of misconduct.
Three other people pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office. These were prison worker Richard Trunkfield, another ex-policeman and a public official.
The decision of the court was that Tierney and Trunkfield were involved into corrupt payments so they were charged.
The place where the operation is being run was alongside Scotland Yard’s Operation Weeting.
Alan Tierney admitted he had sold information not only about Terry’s mother and the fact she had been cautioned for shoplifting but also Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and the case when he was cautioned for assault after an incident that happened to the girlfriend he then used to be with.
In his confessions could be heard the periods between 26 March and 3 April 2009, and between 2-7 December 2009 as periods of misconduct.
The former police officer was released on bail and his final sentence will be passed on 27 March. He was warned by Mr. Justice Fulford that “all options remain open”.
Mr. Tierney appears to be the second convicted under Operation Elveden as the first one was
ex-counter-terrorism detective April Casburn.
A former prison operational support officer at HMP Woodhill admitted he was paid £3,350 to give information about a high-profile prisoner.
He pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office but he will be sentenced at a later date.
There are legal reasons which do not allow the spread of information on the names of the second police officer and the public official.