PCSO, 37, accused of filming children in swimming pool locker rooms

September 2, 2022, 7:38 PM

Derbyshire Constabulary PCSO Matthew Shaw was charged by Nottinghamshire Police on Thursday (police image).

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A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been charged with a series of sexual offenses against children, including filming them in the swimming pool changing rooms.

Matthew Shaw, 37, has been arrested by Nottinghamshire Police and charged with a total of 29 sex offences.

Shaw, of Bernard Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, works as a PCSO at Derbyshire Constabulary and was forcibly suspended.

He is suspected of filming children in the changing rooms of a swimming pool and has been charged with a number of offences.

These include voyeurism, sexual communication with a child, having a child engage in sexual activity, having a child watch a sexual act, and possessing indecent images of children .

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

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Nottinghamshire Police, who are leading the investigation, said they executed a warrant on Wednesday.

Shaw was charged on Thursday and remanded in custody by magistrates on Friday.

Detective Inspector Gemma Scott, Nottinghamshire Police, said: “A significant amount of work has gone into this complex and large-scale investigation which reflects Nottinghamshire Police’s commitment to vigorously prosecuting those who commit sexual offenses against children.

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

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

Derbyshire Deputy Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “Derbyshire Police expect the highest level of standards and professionalism from our officers and staff.

“If the alleged offenses against Matthew Shaw were proven, they would fall far short of those expected of Derbyshire Police employees.”

Shaw has been taken into police custody and will appear at Nottingham Crown Court on October 7.