Former PCSO sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for child rape and sexual assault


A former Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been sentenced to 24 years imprisonment following a trial at Truro Crown Court, after being found guilty of three counts of rape of a child and one count of sexual assault.

Peter Bunyan was still working as a PCSO between 2005 and 2009, when the offences were committed. His two victims were aged below five and seven years.

Lisa Cassidy, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service South West Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit (RASSO), said: "Peter Bunyan abused a position of trust to commit crimes that have had a devastating impact on the lives of his victims and their families. His conviction is a direct result of their courage in coming forward to report what happened.

"Due to the young age of the victims, the case needed to be handled carefully and sensitively by the prosecution team. Measures were put in place to allow the victims to give evidence in the least distressing way possible. Ultimately, the evidence they were able to provide was vital in ensuring that Bunyan has been made to face justice for his actions.

"The CPS South West RASSO Unit is a specialist team of prosecutors who work relentlessly with police to bring perpetrators of some of the worst and most life-changing crimes to justice. Our thoughts are with the victims in this case and their families."