THE sentencing of a police officer who sent sexual texts to women he met through work has been adjourned.

Marc Hopkins obtained the details of three women in the course of his employment with Northumbria Police.

He then sent them messages "of a sexual nature" using his work phone, Newcastle Crown Court heard in August.

Hopkins (32), of North Shields, pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office and was warned prison is a possibility.

The charges state that he "while acting as a public officer, namely a Northumbria Police officer, wilfully misconducted himself by sending messages of a sexual nature to (complainants), whose details you had obtained in your capacity as a police officer".

The offences took place between November 2018 and December 2019.

Hopkins was due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday (January 11) but the hearing was adjourned.

A new date for the sentencing has not yet been fixed.