Police community support officer charged with filming children at pool

The PCSO has been charged with a string of sexual offences

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Derbyshire Constabulary PCSO Matthew Shaw was charged by Nottinghamshire Police on Thursday and was remanded in custody by magistrates on Friday.

The 37-year-old, of Bernard Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, has been charged with 29 counts and will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on October 7.

In a statement, the Nottinghamshire force said the charges include voyeurism, engaging in sexual communication with a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to watch a sexual act and possession of indecent images of children.

Shaw is further accused of possession of an extreme pornographic image and committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Detective Inspector Gemma Scott, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “A significant amount of work has gone into this complex and large-scale investigation which is reflective of Nottinghamshire Police’s commitment to robustly pursue those who commit offences of a sexual nature against children.

“We are dedicated to supporting victims of these types of offences and will always do our utmost to seek justice for them.

“We are also working closely with the venues where we believe this filming took place.”

Shaw has been suspended by Derbyshire Police.

Derbyshire’s Deputy Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “Derbyshire Constabulary expects the highest level of standards and professionalism from our officers and staff.

“Should the alleged offences against Matthew Shaw be found proven then they would fall far below those expected of Derbyshire Constabulary employees.”