A former school governor, fire officer and TA Captain has been jailed for 11 years
Gary Mason, 52, has also been banned from working with children and has been put on the sex offenders register for life. Teesside Crown Court heard Mason pinned the child down and subjected her to repeated assaults.
He denied nine charges of various sexual assaults and was found guilty of five.
DC Revis Phillips said: “Gary Mason had an unhealthy interest in this young girl and demonstrated his eagerness to fulfil his sexual appetite over a prolonged period.
“Thankfully he is now serving a substantial custodial sentence and hope the victim and family members can now move on from this dreadful period in their lives knowing that justice has been served.
"Cleveland Police consider all such matters seriously and will pursue any complaint of this nature. I hope this sends a strong warning to others who prey on the vulnerability of young victims."
A ship repair firm has been ordered to pay nearly £100,000 after a crane driver was crushed to death by a falling three-tonne anchor. Kevin Watson, from Redcar, Cleveland, died while working for A&P Tees at Middlesbrough Dry Dock in 2009.
The father-of-two was hooking an anchor with a chain when it fell on his chest, causing fatal injuries. A verdict of accidental death was recorded during his inquest a year ago.
Despite being a highly qualified crane driver, the 51-year-old was not qualified to deal with anchors and chains from ships, even though he regularly did so. At Teesside Crown Court yesterday (FRI), Judge John Walford ordered A&P Tees to pay a fine of £75,000 along with £23,500 costs.
The jury has been sent out to consider its verdicts in the trial of a man accused of grooming, abducting and having sex with a 14-year-old Scottish schoolgirl.Sean Clode, 21, from Hartlepool, denies the charges against him.The case has been heard at Teesside Crown Court.