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Former Teaching Assistant Denise Povall Jailed for Sexually Abusing 10-Year-Old

Former primary school teaching assistant and midday supervisor, Denise Povall, has been jailed for eight years after being charged with several serious offences including inciting sex with a 10-year-old child in the 2000s.  

The former teaching assistant groomed the 10-year-old victim by sending him text messages and buying him gifts. Povall, now 61, had sex with the boy multiple times and would perform sexual acts on him.

Povall was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison, yet consistently denied the accusations throughout the investigation and trial at York Crown Court. 

Paedophile Denise Povall’s victim has come forward as an adult to report the child abuse he suffered in the 2000s in a school in the Harrogate area. 

As well as the eight-year jail sentence, Denise Povall will go on the Sex Offender’s Register. 

Speaking outside the court, investigation lead Detective Constable Alison Morris, said: “This has been a long and extensive investigation into some of the most serious types of offences we encounter as detectives.

“What we uncovered can only be described as evil and sustained sexual abuse of a young child by a paedophile.

“Povall has taken absolutely no accountability for the damage she has done to her victim’s life, so I’m glad we’ve been able to help the victim secure some sort of closure.”

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