SCRANTON - A West Abington Twp. supervisor was sentenced Wednesday (Feb. 28) to 30 days to 23½ months in the Lackawanna County Prison for exposing himself to three girls.
David P. Button, 51, sought a sentence of probation, which was within the standard sentencing guidelines. Lackawanna County Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle instead imposed a sentence at the high end of the guidelines, finding Button had abused a position of power.
Button pleaded guilty in November to two counts of open lewdness for exposing himself in 2015 to three girls, ages 11, 12 and 13, at the 46 Orchard Road home he shared with his wife.
The Wyoming County Press Examiner does not identify victims of sexual abuse.
Button’s wife was the children’s therapeutic support staff worker at the time and sometimes allowed them to stay at their home overnight. That relationship gave Button access to the children, Moyle said.
“But for that relationship, the girls would not have been at your home,” Moyle said. “You took advantage of that professional relationship ... to commit the crime.”
In November, Button won another term as a West Abington Twp. supervisor with five write-in votes. Deputy District Attorney Mariclare Hayes said he has not resigned. The district attorney’s office is looking into what options it has to seek his removal from office.
Button was arrested in February 2016 after a five-month investigation. The three girls told county detectives Button exposed himself. The 12-year-old also alleged he lifted up her shirt several times, kissed her breast and touched her genitals.
Button vehemently denied the allegations after he was charged.
His attorney, Edmund Scacchitti of Scranton, continued to defend his client at sentencing, telling Moyle “there is more to this case than meets the eye.”