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Man booked on sex abuse charges
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Timothy Morgan Butler - Davis County Jail photo
Timothy Morgan Butler - Davis County Jail photo
LAYTON — A Layton man police say sexually abused a 5 or 6-year-old girl five years ago was booked into the Davis County Jail Monday evening on numerous charges. The victim is now 10 years old. 

Timothy Morgan Butler, 54, was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of four counts of sexual abuse, five counts of sodomy upon a child and one count of lewdness involving a child. One count of possession of a controlled substance inside a prison was added after police found Percocet pills in Butler's pocket while they were booking him. A probable cause statement said Butler admitted he did not have a prescription for the pills.

The arrest came as part of a follow-up investigation, according to Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.

Police were notified in March 2013 by the Division of Child and Family Services of the alleged abuse that occurred while the girl was visiting her grandmother in Layton, Horton said.

The girl subsequently moved to Nevada and Layton police asked police there to conduct a courtesy interview with her, Horton said. However, several months passed, without that interview being done. The girl returned to Utah for a visit and police were able to interview her.

Butler agreed to talk to police and was interviewed on Monday, Horton said.

"Post Miranda (warning given by police to suspects regarding their rights) Butler admitted to various sexual acts with the girl," Horton said.

The probable cause statement alleges Butler watched pornography with the girl in the room and to inappropriately touching the girl, "to show her love."

Butler also provided police with a written statement that included explanations that the girl "was not getting love at home" so Butler gave it to her, the probable cause statement said.

"Police hear various reasons why sexual offenders have done what they do," Horton said, "but there's no justifiable reason for sexually abusing a child."

Police are now investigating whether there may be a second victim who was sexually abused about same time," Horton said.

Horton called the victim "very brave" for coming forward to disclose what took place. "If she had not come forward we don't know what may have taken place," he said. The case is currently being screened by the Davis County Attorney's office before formal charges are filed.

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