September 2017

Former Suffolk social worker given 17-year sentence for child sex abuse

A former social worker who groomed two children he went on to abuse has been given a 17 year extended sentence by a judge, who said he posed a “significant” risk.

Jonathan Button, 62, formerly of Hotson Road, Southwold, admitted nine sexual offences involving a young boy and girl and also breaching his sex offender’s notification order by not telling police where he was living.

Norwich Crown Court heard the offences dated back to 1999 with abuse starting on one of the victims when they were only eight, but it was only years later the victims found the courage to come forward..

Stephen Spence, prosecuting, said one victim in an impact statement said they had “bottled up” what had happened and Mr Spence said both commented that they did not come forward at the time as they did not think they would be believed.

The court heard that Button had previous convictions for possessing indecent images of children and failing to comply with his sex offender’s notification order.

Recorder John Gallagher imposed a 17 year extended sentence made up of a 12 year jail sentence and five years on extended licence.

Recorder Gallagher said Button was “manipulative” and had groomed the children by offering them treats.

“You abused them for your own perverted and deviant sexual pleasure.”

He said both victims had a huge problem admitting what happened and classically thought they might not be believed.

“You have had a serious effect on the lives of these children stealing from them in their childhood their innocence and it continues to affect them and their lives to this very day.”

He said Button was a man who ignored court orders in the past and added: “I have no doubt you pose a significant risk.”

However he said Button deserved credit for his guilty pleas.

Recorder Gallagher said he hoped the sentencing would help the victims have some closure.

Stephen Dyble, for Button, said he deserved credit for his guilty pleas as it had spared the victims having to come to court to give evidence.

Button is already on the sex offender’s register for life.

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.