What happens in the closet stays in the closet, right?
At least that’s what a Massachusetts cop was hoping for when he forced a drunk, naked inmate into a closet and performed oral sex on him before raping him on Halloween night.
Salem police officer Brian Butler, 56, said he simply “gave into temptation.” And insists the sex act between him and the 28-year-old man was consensual.
Considering he is married to the department’s police chief, he should be protected, right?
Except there’s video.
Police say a surveillance video confirms the victim’s allegations against Butler, which led to his arrest by Massachusetts State Police on November 8.
Butler, who has since resigned, was charged with rape, indecent assault and battery and is facing 20 years in prison. He was released on a $10,000 bond.
His wife of 29 years, the department’s first female police chief who took over last year, was so shocked and disheartened over her husband’s excursions that she took vacation time off immediately after his arrest.
Salem Police Chief Mary Butler, who has since returned to duty, said the department should not be judged by the actions of her husband.
“The alleged actions of one person shouldn’t reflect badly upon the department and the officers that are working very diligently every day to do their job,” she said.
According to the Boston Globe:
In a police report filed in court, authorities wrote that Salem police went to the Clipper Ship Inn on Bridge Street at about 3:07 a.m. on Oct. 31, where they found an intoxicated man wearing “soaking wet” clothing because he had flooded his motel room.
The man was taken into protective custody and driven to the police station, where he removed his clothes and fell asleep in a holding cell. Between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., the man was lying naked in his cell when Butler asked if he could do anything to help him. The man asked for a blanket, which Butler provided.
He also asked to use the telephone, and while standing outside the cell, Butler allegedly placed his hand around the man’s hip in a suggestive manner, asked whether he could touch the man’s genitals, and molested him, the report said.
“He asked if it was, ‘OK’ and I said, ‘Yes’ out of fear,” the man wrote in a statement. He contacted police with his accusations Nov. 5.
After the man finished using the phone, he said, Butler took him to a broom closet near the booking room and cells and asked to perform oral sex on him, according to the statement.
“In fear, I said, ‘Yes,’ ” the man wrote in a statement.
The man told investigators Butler raped him in the closet, Essex Assistant District Attorney A.J. Camelio said in court.
The victim, whose name has not been released, filed a complaint on November 5. The investigation was handed over to the Massachusetts State Police on November 8 and arraigned him the following day in Salem District Court. It was not until two days later that Butler finally resigned.
When a police captain confronted Officer Butler about the sexual assault, Butler confessed saying:
“I am embarrassed and I gave into temptation. I’ve embarrassed myself, my family and the police department, I’ve ruined a 24-year career.”
His wife, Chief Mary Butler, released the following statement pertaining to her husbands illicit activity:
“Though I will not get into any discussions about the incident, know that in all matters, regardless of who is involved, we must always put our integrity and the service to the public above all as it reflects on the solid reputation this Department has worked so hard to build and maintain.”
Butler has pleaded not guilty even though he admitted guilt in a statement.
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