July 2017

Former social worker facing jail after admitting string of child sex offences

A former social worker convicted of abusing children over a 10 year period faces a ‘considerable’ jail term.

Jonathan Button, 62, formerly of Hotson Road, Southwold, is charged with 25 sexual offences against children occurring over 10 years.

He pleaded guilty to nine of the offences – one count of indecency with a child, three counts of indecent assault, four counts of sexual activity and one count of serious sexual assault.

The remaining 16 charges will lie on file after counsels from both defence and prosecution spoke to the complainants.

King’s Lynn Crown Court heard the offences took place between 1999 and 2009 with one of the children just eight years old.

Judge Recorder Gallagher told Button he will face jail time of “considerable length” and will be on the sex offenders register for life.

Button will be sentenced in Cambridge Crown Court on August 25.

June 2000

Social worker jailed over child abuse images

A SOCIAL worker who worked as a director of a children’s charity was jailed for three months for downloading indecent images of children onto the charity’s computer.

Jonathan Button, 45, was a director of the Norfolk and Norwich Families House, a charity for needy children, when he downloaded more than 2,000 images of children in pornographic poses, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Button, of Hotson Road, Southwold, Suffolk, had admitted six sample charges of making indecent photos of children between January and May this year.

He was jailed when he appeared in court for sentence yesterday. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.