Former Teaching Assistant Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Ten-Year-Old Boy

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Former Teaching Assistant Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Ten-Year-Old Boy

Denise Povall, a former primary school teaching assistant, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing a ten-year-old boy. The offences occurred during the 2000s when Povall worked at a school in the Harrogate district. The victim, now an adult, bravely came forward to report the abuse, leading to an extensive investigation by North Yorkshire Police.

Povall groomed her victim, buying him gifts and sending him texts as part of an “evil and sustained” campaign of sexual exploitation. She engaged in sexual intercourse with the child and performed sex acts on multiple occasions. Despite overwhelming evidence, Povall denied any wrongdoing during police interviews.

Former Teaching Assistant Sentenced For Sexual Abuse Of Ten-year-old Boy

Detectives from North Yorkshire Police’s Non-Recent Abuse Investigation Team built a compelling case against Povall, charging her with serious offences including grooming, inciting sex with a child, inciting sexual activity with a child, and sexual assault by touching. A jury at York Crown Court found her guilty on all charges.

The judge presided over the sentencing, ordering Povall to sign the sex offenders’ register upon her release. Detective Constable Alison Morris, who led the investigation, expressed relief that justice was served. She emphasised the importance of victims coming forward, dispelling the misconception that women don’t commit such crimes.

DC Morris urged anyone who may have experienced sexual assault, regardless of when it occurred, to seek support. Specially trained officers and organisations provide practical and emotional assistance. Victims can contact North Yorkshire Police at 101, report online, or reach out to Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.

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