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PCSO charged with series of sexual offences against children

A Derbyshire Police and Community Support Officer has been charged with a series of sexual offences against children.

Nottinghamshire Police, who are leading the investigation, executed a warrant on Wednesday, August 31.

Matthew Shaw, 37, of Bernard Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, was arrested and charged with 29 counts, which includes filming children at swimming pool changing rooms.

Police executed a warrant on August 31. He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Friday, September 2.

He has been remanded into custody and will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on October 7.

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The 29 counts relate to:

– Voyeurism

– Engaging in sexual communication with a child

– Causing a child to engage in sexual activity

– Causing a child to watch a sexual act

– Possession of indecent images of children

– Possessing an extreme pornographic image

-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.”

The 37-year-old was, and remains, suspended by Derbyshire Police.

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.”

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