A man who sexually abused a young girl in the 90s has been jailed for more than six years.
Paul Marven, was a private gas man working in the Northallerton and Darlington areas in the early 1990s when he befriended a teenage girl and abused her over a two-year period.
Marven, aged 57 and of Lane, Newquay, Cornwall, was sentenced to six years and three months’ imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday 26 November 2014, after being found guilty of six counts of indecent assault.
Marven committed the offences between 1991 and 1994 in Northallerton, when the victim, who is now aged 36, was in her early teens.
Detective Constable Steve Alderson, of Northallerton Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, welcomed Marven’s sentence: Paul Marven probably thought the had got away with sexually abusing a vulnerable teenage girl but thanks to the bravery of the victim, who found the courage to come forward after so many years, he has now been brought to justice.
I hope that she can take some satisfaction from the fact that Marven is now behind bars and continue to rebuild her life.
This case highlights the fact that no matter how much time has elapsed sexual offenders can still be caught and punished for their actions.
I would urge anyone who has been sexually abused, whether it was recently or occurred many years ago, to come forward. The police will take your case seriously and with sensitivity and will offer you all the support you need.