A FORMER civilian fire officer has gone on trial accused of a string of sex attacks on a young girl.
Gary Mason, 52, of Broad Landings, South Shields, faces nine charges involving the same alleged victim.
A trial, which is expected to last three days, began today at Teesside Crown Court.
Mason, a former governor of High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool, used to give presentations in schools and colleges as an arson awareness officer for Cleveland Fire Brigade.
He denies six counts of sexual assault and three of assault by penetration.