Thursday, August 16, 2007

[not so] super trooper

Sex on the hood of his patrol car? Waaaaaa! That's MY fantasy, damn it!
Worst part is he was a hottie. Sigh.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A state trooper stalked and harassed several women he met on duty — fondling one and beginning a sexual relationship with another — usually by telling them he would overlook their transgressions if they had relationships with him, police said in charges announced Thursday.

Trooper Charles T. Butler III is accused of a raft of misdeeds, including having sex on the hood of his patrol car, using a state police computer to track down a woman and calling a woman so many times that she had to change her phone number.

"It is an absolute concern when a police officer violates the public trust," said Clearfield County District Attorney William Smith Jr.

The accusations laid out against Butler, 37, of Philipsburg, cover the period from 2002 to June 2006, when the state police received an anonymous tip concerning Butler's actions and started investigating him.

The investigation uncovered illegal contact with seven women, five of whom Butler is accused of bribing with favors of leniency in return for attention or sexual favors.

Butler was aware for some time that charges would be filed against him, said his attorney, Joseph Amendola.

"Trooper Butler has maintained ... (that) his relationship with these women was mutual and always consensual, and that none of them ever indicated they felt coerced or intimidated into the relationship with him," Amendola said Thursday. "While he realizes that his involvement with these women may have been improper, he never believed his relationship with any of them constituted criminal activity."

One woman told police that she and Butler, a trooper for nine years, had a long relationship that included having sex on the hood of his patrol car more than a dozen times.

She said Butler let her drive despite knowing she had a suspended license and would stop at her house while on duty to have sex, spending up to two hours per visit, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman said she and Butler even set a wedding date but that she broke off the relationship after she saw the trooper walk into a restaurant with his wife.

Butler took another woman to a bar, knowing that she was violating her probation by drinking, then promised not to tell her probation officer, police said. Butler fondled the woman, repeatedly suggesting they should have sex, police said. She said he eventually called her so frequently that she had to change her telephone number.

Another woman had a speeding ticket that Butler had a district judge change to a lesser violation without any "points," and even offered to pay her fine, authorities said. The woman told police that Butler repeatedly suggested they have sex, showing up where she worked and calling her often.

On another occasion, Butler used a state police computer used to trace vehicle registrations to track down a woman he was interested in, police said.

Butler was arraigned Thursday on one count of unlawful use of a computer and five counts of bribery — offering the women legal favors in exchange for their attention — all third-degree felonies that carry up to seven years in prison each.

He also faces numerous misdemeanor charges including six counts of stalking, seven counts of official oppression, eight counts of harassment and one count of indecent assault.

Butler had been on restricted duty since February.

1 comment:

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Just an asshole on a power trip. Can't imagine how it would feel to look at one of my students and tell her that if she put out I'd give her a better grade. Don't have it in me.