March 2023

PCSO who filmed children in swimming pool changing rooms jailed for sex offences

A police community support officer has been jailed after admitting to multiple child sex offences – including filming children as young as six in swimming pool changing rooms.

Matthew Shaw has been jailed for committing a “campaign of voyeurism” in swimming pool changing rooms and causing young girls worldwide to engage in sex acts, including involving animals.

He filmed 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.

Shaw also spoke to seven girls – aged between 11 and 15 – from locations including the United States, Australia, Wales and Derbyshire 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, a PCSO in Derbyshire for 15 years, incited one victim to perform sexual acts on a dog and attempted to incite others to perform acts involving their younger siblings.

Sentencing him to 14 years in prison at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday for 24 offences, 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.”

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.

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.