Married Devon and Cornwall police officer accused of using police data to strike up affairs
A married police community support officer had a string of affairs with vulnerable victims of crime by using the criminal intelligence system "as a dating agency", a court heard.
Peter Bunyan, 40, a father-of-two and an officer with Devon and Cornwall Police, is alleged to have gained access to police data, much of which was highly sensitive, and carried out background checks on women and their former partners following "welfare" visits to victims of crime.
Bunyan allegedly turned his police radio down or off so he could have sex with the "vulnerable" women while working for the Devon and Cornwall force, Taunton Crown Court was told.
He is also accused of neglecting his duties on shifts before having sex with women as well as encouraging one mentally ill woman to send explicit pictures of herself on email to the police station.
Bunyan denies 12 charges of misconduct in a public office over a six year period.
The officer has been suspended by Devon and Cornwall police.