Linn Circuit Court Judge Carol Bispham on Monday set a second pre-trial conference for James Alan Butler of Sweet Home, who faces sex abuse charges involving a then-minor girl.
Butler’s next court date is at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in front of Bispham.
Monday’s pre-trial conference lasted about five minutes.
Three previous pre-trial conferences were canceled.
Butler remains free on bond.
Originally, Arnold Poole was appointed to represent Butler, and now the defendant has retained Forrest Reid.
Prosecutor Jonathan Crow is handling the case for the state.
Butler, 57, allegedly abused the girl at his now-closed Albany business, the Academy of Fighting Arts. He operated the academy for about a dozen years until 2000.
Butler is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree sodomy, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and two counts of second-degree encouraging sexual abuse. All charges are felonies.
Police opened the investigation in December 2012 after a victim, now an adult, reported the abuse. The girl, who was under 10 when the abuse allegedly started, disclosed her situation to a family member, who assisted the victim in reporting the crime.
At the time of the arrest, Albany police would only say that the abuse was thought to have continued for several years. Police had asked anyone who had any information about other crimes concerning Butler to come forward, but no one did, Albany police Sgt. Steve Dorn said Monday.