A Utah man says that, yes, he did molest two children, but he has a great excuse for why he did it: The Bible gives him permission.
54-year-old Timothy Butler does not dispute accusations that he molested two children between 2008 and 2011, providing the girls — one of whom was five-years-old, the same age as Josh Duggar’s little sister when the conservative superstar molested her, and another who was 6 or 7 — with “harmful materials.” Butler allegedly watched pornography with the children present. He is charged with two counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child and two counts of sodomy of a child but he claims innocence, despite admissions of guilt during an interview with the Layton Police Department.
The investigation began when a 10-year-old girl who now lives in Nevada came forward about Butler touching her inappropriately five years prior when she was visiting relatives. The Standard-Examiner reported in 2014 that a written statement claims that the girl, then five years old, wasn’t “getting love at home, so [Timothy Butler] gave it to her.” He added that he was not receiving “love from my wife, so I decided to get love and share love” with the very young girl.
During the investigation, the victim disclosed Butler had molested another child, but police are encountering some hindrances with the investigation.
“During the interview the girl did disclose that there was another girl,” Horton said. “She didn’t know exactly who. She was the suspect (who) also disclosed that he had victimized another 6- or 7-year-old.” The other victim moved out of state, making it difficult to investigate.
“It’s often hard for the victims to come forward,” Lt. Shawn Horton of the Layton City Police said last year. “Without them coming forward, we would have no idea this even occurred. A 10-year-old female at that time had disclosed that she had been sexually abused between the ages of 6 and 7.” The accused child molester later admitted to molesting another girl.
Butler insists that he be allowed to represent himself, but the judge told him that he will need an attorney. Butler’s argument hinges on an absolutely batsh*t belief that, as a “Christian,” he is able to use the Bible as a shield for quite literally anything — including the sexual abuse of two children. The Utah man told the judge that “the Bible did not set limits on the ages between two partners” and his savior would “set the truth free.”
The judge says that Butler will need representation because it is not even certain he will be deemed fit to stand trial.Good4Utah reports that a mental competency hearing has been conducted, but the findings are yet to be released.
“I’m thinking about getting a lawyer who might know a little bit more than me but I’m kind of going by my faith in God and the truth will come out and so that’s what I’m going by,” Butler conceded in court, though he stands by his story.
“We don’t even know who is out for him, but somebody is out for him,” the accused’s brother Tom Butler said last year. “I know he said some things I know he didn’t do.” He said that, despite the admissions, his brother “knows he is not guilty” because “he’s not that kind of guy.” Timothy Butler, the brother said, is simply a “God-fearing man.”
Watch a report on the Bible-based molestation defense, below: