November 2020

Paedophile, 65, subjected young girl to years of abuse

A man who sexually abused a young girl repeatedly over a period of years has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Alan Novak’s offending came to light when the girl told another adult about what had happened to her after being taught the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (NSPCC) PANTS rule at school.

The PANTS rule tells children that their body belongs to them, that their underwear covers up their private parts and that nobody should ask to see or touch them.

It teaches them to tell a trusted adult if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

Durham Constabulary launched an investigation, which led to the 65-year-old, of Park Square, Hartlepool, being charged with four counts of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13, and one count of causing a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Novak denied the offences, but was found guilty following a trial at Durham Crown Court.

He was jailed for 54 months and must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.