PCSO jail term for sex while on duty
A DIVORCED PCSO from Cornwall who put his "sexual appetite before public duty" to bed four women while on duty has been jailed for seven years.
Peter Bunyan, 40, used the police database as a "dating agency" to track down phone numbers and addresses of attractive women on his beat.
The father of two had affairs with four vulnerable women before and during his policing shift – sleeping with one lover up to ten times when he was on duty.
He even seduced one woman at a neighbourhood policing unit as he worked a late shift on a housing estate in Cornwall in 2009.
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Bunyan admitted wasting police time but insisted he had not neglected his duty because he kept his radio on during the trysts while working for Devon and Cornwall Police.
The former car park worker denied 12 charges of misconduct in a public office but was found guilty of eight counts following a three-week trial at Taunton Crown Court in Somerset.
He was convicted of sleeping with four women and illegally accessing data relating to three lovers on the Criminal Information System.
Bunyan, of Redruth who joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 2003, was also found guilty of accessing the system to look up the details of a man without reason.
On Tuesday his honour Judge Graham Hume Jones jailed Bunyan for seven years at Taunton Crown Court – telling the officer he had taken advantage of his profession.
"You conducted these relationships while on duty and you should have been available to take calls. There was evidence you deliberately chose to neglect calls on your radio.
"Misconduct by a member of the police force is very serious, whether they be a police officer or a PCSO."
Bunyan remained emotionless as his sentence was read out.
Michael Melville-Shreeve, for the defence, said his client was apologetic and showed genuine remorse.
"He has suffered utter public humiliation and disgrace and he has lost his job and his career."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is managing an investigation by the professional standards department.