Trial Date Set for June in Salem Police Patrolman Sexual Assault Case

SALEM, Massachusetts — A trial has been scheduled for June for a now-former Salem police patrolman charged with sexually assaulting a man in protective custody at the police station on Halloween last year.

Brian Butler, 56, of Salem, is facing charges of rape and indecent assault and battery stemming from the incident early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2016.

A Massachusetts man who was placed into protective custody after flooding his motel room while drunk reported that after checking on him in a holding cell, Butler brought him to a booking area to make a call to someone to bring him dry clothing.

The man told investigators that Butler touched him under the blanket he was wearing, then eventually led him to a closet in the booking room.

Much of their interaction in the booking room was recorded on surveillance cameras, corroborating the man’s account. Butler was arrested and charged.

He subsequently resigned, ending a 24-year career.

Butler is the husband of Salem police Chief Mary Butler. She has recused herself from any role in the investigation or prosecution of the case.

A trial date was set on Wednesday for June 12, 2018.

There are expected to be additional hearings on pre-trial motions prior to that date.


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