Former Godalming Town Mayor goes down for nine years for child​ sex offences.

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Simon Thornton (46), the former Mayor of Godalming and a former major player in Waverley Borough Council’s Executive, has pleaded guilty to sexual offences, some of which were against underage children.

The Town’s High Street butcher has been jailed for nine years after he pleaded guilty to 20 sexual offences including being in possession of indecent photographs and videos.

Thornton, a former Godalming mayor, town and Waverley borough councillor, previously pleaded guilty to 16 of the charges at the same court on Tuesday (May 8).

He changed his plea on six more counts to guilty at Guildford Crown Court to-day Monday morning. His not guilty pleas on voyeurism and paying for sexual services to a child will remain on file.

 

The former councillor resigned from his role at Godalming Town Council citing “personal reasons” back in November 2017 and following behind closed doors meetings Councillor Anne Bott, a previous Godalming Mayor stepped in to fill the breach left by Mr. Thornton of Abraham Way, Bordon.  The Court ruled he will serve half of his sentence in custody and the remainder on licence.

 

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