Jonathan Hutton, 39, has been sentenced to a minimum of 14 years in prison for sexual offences that occurred between 2001 and 2023 in Norfolk, Cheshire, and Lincolnshire. The offenses included six counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault by penetration, and one count of sexual touching against four victims over the span of 22 years. Hutton was described as “‘sociopathic’, ‘misogynistic’, ‘calculating’ and a dangerous and manipulative figure who showed no remorse” by the judge in the case. One victim reported that Hutton pushed her down the stairs and held her head underwater in the bath. Another stated that he was ‘unpredictable and scary’. Norfolk Police conducted the investigation and arrested Hutton in April while he was a student at the University of Lincoln. He will also be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
The victims in the case had suffered in silence for many years and it was their bravery that brought Hutton to justice. Detective Constable Jack Moore stated, “He is a clear danger to women, and I hope this sentence gives his victims some sense of justice and peace. Their actions have doubtless saved other future victims from harm.” The victims were supported throughout the entire process including through a number of support services, including ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors). The hope is that this sentence will reassure other victims of sexual crimes that they will be listened to if they come forward, and that violent and controlling men like Hutton who have no respect for women can be given substantial jail terms for their crimes.
Overall, the case highlights the importance of supporting victims of sexual violence and encouraging them to come forward. The bravery of the victims in this case led to the conviction of a dangerous and manipulative individual who had been causing harm for many years. The sentence serves as a warning to others who commit similar crimes and demonstrates that the justice system takes these offenses seriously. Through the support of various services, the victims were able to navigate the legal process and achieve a sense of justice. The hope is that this case will empower other victims to come forward and seek justice for the harm they have endured.