March 2021

‘I’ve done something terrible’: Heavy drinking quarry worker jailed for sex assault on child

A heavy drinking quarry worker has been jailed for carrying out a sexual assault on a child and injuring a policeman with a pen.

Piotr Boczek attempted to kiss one child and carried out a sexual assault on another months later.

And when the 45-year-old was arrested, he drunkenly hit an officer with a pen and caused a wound that required medical treatment.

Boczek appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday via video link from HMP Durham to be sentenced for attempted sexual assault, sexual assault of a child and assaulting an emergency worker.

He required a Polish interpreter throughout proceedings.

Chris Baker, prosecuting, said Boczek attempted to kiss one youngster after he had been drinking heavily.

The child “moved out of the way” and Boczek then made a phone call to an acquaintance in Poland saying “I’ve done something terrible” and that he “needed to punish himself”.

Months later, on November 1, last year, Boczek had again been drinking heavily when he “put his arm” around another child, leaving them feeling “scared”.

Mr Baker said Boczek tried to get to child to sit with him, before he sexually assaulted them.

The attack lasted around “two to three minutes” before the terrified child told family members about what happened.

The police were then called and he was arrested a day later on November 2.

Mr Baker said Boczek was “drunk” when he was taken to the police station and picked up a “digital pen” which was on a desk.

“He began striking the desk with the pen”, Mr Baker said.

When an officer took hold of him, Boczek hit the officer with the pen, causing a cut to his forearm which required hospital treatment.

In police interview Boczek claimed he “couldn’t remember much” as he’d been drinking and smoking cannabis.

He did “accept there had been a previous incident” but said he did not “have a sexual interest in children”, Mr Baker added.

His barrister Duncan McReddie said there was “little in the way of mitigation”, but asked the judge to take into account his early guilty pleas.

He said Boczek, who lives in Darlington, has been remanded in prison during the covid pandemic and had felt isolated due to the lack of visitors while inside and his inability to communicate due to his “lack of English”.

Mr McReddie said he has shown “regret and remorse” and that he had received good references from his employers at Stainton Quarry, in Barnard Castle, who said a job is “still available” to Boczek.

He added his employers said he was a “valuable member of staff” and that a “job will be available on release”.

Judge Stephen Ashurst said Boczek has a “serious drinking problem” and told him he must impose a prison sentence.

Boczek was jailed for 27 months and made subject to a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

He will also be on the sex offender register for 10 years.