Paedophile police community support officer who incited young girl to perform sex acts on a DOG and filmed children in swimming pool changing rooms is jailed for 14 years
- PCSO Matthew Shaw filmed young girls at swimming pools around 100 times
- Shaw, 38, was sentenced to 14 years for filming and grooming the children
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A PCSO who told children to perform sex acts on their siblings and dogs and filmed up to 100 young girls in swimming pools has been jailed for 14 years.
Matthew Shaw, 38, videoed children believed to be as young as six in swimming pool changing rooms and a Center Parcs in Nottinghamshire and admitted to police he may have done it around 100 times.
The Derbyshire PCSO – who had been on the force for 15 years – also spoke to seven girls aged between 11 and 15 from while posing as both a teenage girl and boy, asking for and sending sexual images and videos on Snapchat.
During the conversations, the 38-year-old father-of-two incited one victim to perform sexual acts on a dog and attempted to incite others to perform acts involving their younger siblings.
He was sentenced to 14 years in prison for 24 offences last week at Nottingham Crown Court.
The Derbyshire PCSO Matthew Shaw – who had been on the force for 15 years – also spoke to seven girls aged between 11 and 15 from while posing as both a teenage girl and boy and sent sexual images
Shaw, 38, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for 24 offences last week at Nottingham Crown Court (file image)
Shaw was first arrested last April when a 10-year-old girl noticed a GoPro filming her while she was changing at the Lammas Leisure Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, prosecutor Robert Underwood told the court.
Police later found 25 recordings of children taken in changing rooms at the Lammas Leisure Centre and the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre in Mansfield on a seized phone, dating back to October 2021.
Shaw also spoke to seven girls aged between 11 and 16 on Snapchat, first contacting them as a girl named Chloe before introducing a ‘brother’, falsely named Matt, to the victims.
He spoke to one victim, from New Jersey in the US, for over a year dating back to February 2021, starting shortly after her 12th birthday, referring to her as his ‘baby girl’ and leaving the girl feeling as if the pair were in a relationship.
With both this victim and others, he would ask for sexual images and videos, with Mr Underwood saying many felt ‘uncomfortable’, ‘scared’ and ‘pressured’ by the requests and one saying in a victim statement that they were often left crying in their school toilets due to the effects of Shaw’s offending.
While on bail, Shaw visited Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest, gaining entry by jumping over a fence and using discarded wristbands to access the changing rooms, taking another five recordings between June and August last year.
He was arrested again on August 31, with Derbyshire Police confirming he had been suspended the next day.
In a police interview, he said that he had potentially committed around 100 voyeurism offences but denied having a sexual attraction to children.
Further analysis of devices found at his home in Bernard Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, uncovered searches for indecent images and that he had exposed himself to children on the internet chat site, Omegle.
Shaw pleaded guilty last December to nine counts of causing a child under 13 to engage in a sexual act, 12 of causing a child to engage in a sexual act, and three counts of voyeurism.
Harinderpal Dhami, mitigating, said Shaw, who has been given an autism diagnosis, was a ‘lonely, sad and pathetic figure’ who struggled to form relationships and initially spoke to the teenage girls to establish friendships, but ‘age became irrelevant’ due to the ‘euphoria’ of speaking to people.
He said: ‘He took to social media and his mobile phone to strike up what he thought were relationships.
‘It quickly took him to a very dark place and he effectively made a misjudgement. It did not start out with the aim of grooming young girls.
‘He understands the consequences are catastrophic, not for him but for those who are left on the outside.’
Shaw visited Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest, gaining entry by jumping over a fence and using discarded wristbands to access the changing rooms, taking another five recordings between June and August last year (file image)
As well as the custodial sentence, Shaw was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for life.
Judge William Harbage KC said: ‘You have brought shame and disgrace on yourself, your family and the police service.
‘These are appalling offences which will fill right-thinking members of the public with horror, revulsion and disgust.
‘These are despicable offences you have committed against ordinary members of the public going about their everyday lives.
‘I am satisfied that you pose a significant risk of serious harm.’
Speaking following sentence, Simon Blatchly, Deputy Chief Constable of Derbyshire Police, said: ‘Matthew Shaw’s offences are utterly shocking.
‘As soon as the allegations came to light, Shaw was suspended from his role as a police community support officer – and the force assisted colleagues in Nottinghamshire Police with their investigation. He subsequently resigned from his position last year.
‘Through that investigation, it was concluded that none of Shaw’s offending was found to have taken place while he was on duty – and no victims were identified as being linked to his role.
‘While all officers and staff hold a position of trust, PCSOs have a unique role that puts them in contact with a great many different groups within our communities, including young people.
‘His role and position of trust make his crimes all the more shocking to the public and I share their revulsion at his actions.’
A number of police officers have recently been sentenced to prison time for sexual offences, including David Carrick, who was sentenced to at least 32 years.
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