Ex-Children's Reporter manager indecently assaulted female colleagues

David Jones, 71, struck at work social events with one victim stating he also sent her porn via email.

Children’s Reporter manager David Jones convicted of indecently assaulting female colleagues Website

A former manager at the Scottish Children’s Reporter has been convicted of indecently assaulting two female colleagues.

David Jones struck at work social events with one victim stating he also sent her porn via email.

The same woman described him as a “pathetic excuse of a man”.

Jones is now retired after 32 years with the service which often deals with troubled and vulnerable youngsters.

The 71-year-old denied the crimes during a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court insisting he had no idea why the women made the accusations.

But, he was found guilty of indecently assaulting both by Sheriff Simone Sweeney.

The charges spanned between August 2007 and May 2009 occurring in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

One of the women – now aged 52 – said Jones molested her after initially thinking he was going to ask her to dance.

She said he used “a lot of pressure” and that she held his arms to try and stop him.

The witness added: “I did not want him to put his hands on my legs. I did not like it.

“He put his hands further up and he was laughing.”

The sickened woman eventually kicked Jones between the legs.

This victim admitted she did not initially report Jones stating to the court: “He was my boss. I was embarrassed.”

At another work’s party at Glasgow’s Princes Square, the woman claimed Jones struck again as they got into a taxi.

She recalled: “He hit me very hard between the legs. I assume with his hand.

“I got such a fright. It was painful that I hit him on the chest and told him to f*** off.”

Jones was said to have laughed in her face “hysterically”.

The woman was so upset she asked her husband to collect her instead.

The court was shown numerous emails said to have been Jones sending pornography with inappropriate messages.

The woman replied at one stage to him: “You are a pathetic excuse of a man. I will not hesitate to report you to the police. Do not contact me ever again.”

Jones stated: “Sorry, did not mean to offend, will not be in touch ever again.”

The woman said she was angry at the “intrusion of getting porn videos from an ex-boss”.

She initially went to another manager before going to police sparking a probe.

It then emerged a now 59-year-old woman had also been targeted by Jones at an office event in Hamilton in 2007.

He had stroked her legs up towards her thighs and crotch despite her warning him to “get off”.

Jones claimed he wanted to “s**g” his colleague.

He then tried to laugh it off and continued chatting as if nothing had happened, adding he ought to “grow up”.

The traumatised woman described how the “uncomfortable and horrendous” sex attack felt like it lasted “forever”.

She told the trial: “I have got a great recollection of what happened in that office. 

“When you say no, it should mean no.”

Jones, also of Hamilton, told how colleagues he worked with were “almost like a family sometimes”.

He denied the attacks insisting with one of the women he only had “light hearted conversations and banter”.

Jones said: “I do not know why they would say that. I do not know why their recollection is not the same as mine.”

In her closing speech, prosecutor Jenny Reid said Jones was guilty of a “sustained course of conduct” by a man in “a managerial position” against women he worked with.

Sheriff Sweeney found him guilty of the indecent assault, but acquitted him of sexual assault against the 52-year-old victim as well as communicating indecently with her online.

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