Pre-trial set in sex case

2013-09-24T06:45:00Z Pre-trial set in sex caseCathy Ingalls, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
September 24, 2013 6:45 am  • 

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.

Cathy Ingalls is the city government reporter. She can be reached at cathy.ingalls@lee.net or at 541-812-6094.

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  1. I Know My Facts
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    I Know My Facts - October 19, 2013 10:43 pm
    and another thing, why did he have child pornography if he isnt a child predator? Your an idiot way to believe everything you hear. MORAN
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    I Know My Facts - October 19, 2013 10:40 pm
    ndbnb- they actually have Jim on record talking to the detective admiting molestation, and he has admited things to his own daughter. So maybe you should know your facts before talking sh*t about the Survivor you ignorant pos.
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    I Know My Facts - October 19, 2013 9:27 pm
    bnb- they actually have Jim on record talking to the detective admiting molestation, and he has admited things to his own daughter. So maybe you should know your facts before talking sh*t about the Survivor ignorant pos.
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    Yeah it's me - September 26, 2013 12:34 pm
    ndbnb.....Dont even expect anything from the DA. As far as they are concerned this guy is already guilty. They will take someones lie and make it fit when prosecuting someone. The accuser is being coached by APD, CASA and the DA. Also dont forget that Judge Novotney is former DA office. The APD, CASA and Court has monopolized the whole judical system in Linn County when it comes to sexual abuse allegations. CASA may appear as an unbiased non-profit but they are not. They are the APD and Detective Glenn Fairall was in a paid position on the Board of Directors. Tell your friend to hire his legal representation from Eugene/Portland and to hire his own private investigator. If this person has made other false allegations YOUR private detective will find out and she will have to answer to it in court.
    Change your thoughts of what is legal or ethical because it doesnt exist in Linn County.
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    ndbnb - September 25, 2013 9:32 am
    Thank you for that. We know all the parties involved in this case. We know the "victim" is lying. She has done this before. We've know Jim for many, many years - both of our children (now adults) took karate from him and both will testify to the fact that Jim never once was inappropriate with them. We still maintain a friendship with him after over 20 years. The DA needs to do give due diligence to investigating this troubled young woman who is only out for herself.
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    Yeah it's me - September 24, 2013 1:24 pm
    The APD and CASA need to be investigated for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations.
    Truth should be the focus when an allegation is made, not conviction. People lie for attention and monetary gain. I personally know of a teenage girl who made three sexual abuse allegations in Linn County and one individual actually got convicted after she tampered with every witness. After her first allegation she actually said "Maybe i'll get a car out of this". She destroyed someones life and has no remorse whatsoever. In my opinion, false accusers should be prosecuted and any minor that is transmitting pornographic images to another should be prosecuted. Other states have done it and so should we. Teenagers need to be held more accountable for their actions.

    I would also like people to know about Oregon House Bill 3327. There are alot of young people in Linn County that will benefit from this. This bill authorizes the court to set aside certain convictions under certain circumstances.I hope that in the future new laws will protect the public from false accusers and eliminate/seal records that contain charges that appear on peoples records when they were not convicted of them.
  7. ndbnb
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    ndbnb - September 24, 2013 8:05 am
    No one has come forward because none of this happened. The "victim" is lying.
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