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Layton man’s sexual abuse case moves forward
by DAN METCALF, JR.
Jul 23, 2014 | 1329 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Timothy Morgan Butler - Davis County Jail photo
Timothy Morgan Butler - Davis County Jail photo
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LAYTON — A Layton man accused of sexually abusing a little girl five years ago will have an evidentiary hearing in late August.

Timothy Morgan Butler appeared in Famington’s 2nd District Court on Wednesday.

Butler was booked into the Davis County in March.

Butler, 54, faces four counts of sexual abuse, five counts of sodomy upon a child and one count of lewdness involving a child.

Butler’s arrest came as part of a follow-up investigation after police were notified in March 2013 by the Division of Child and Family Services of the alleged abuse.

DCFS officials said the abuse occurred while the 6-year-old girl was visiting her grandmother in Layton. The victim is now 10 years old. 

The girl subsequently moved to Nevada and Layton police asked police there to conduct a courtesy interview with her.

Months passed with no interview by Nevada police.

The girl later returned to Utah for a visit and Layton investigators were able to interview her.

Butler agreed to talk to police and was interviewed in March, when police say he admitted "Post Miranda” to various sexual acts with the girl.

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.

Butler addressed the court on Wednesday, refusing to commit to a third competency review, while complaining his right to a speedy trial was being violated.

Judge Glen R. Dawson scheduled an evidentiary hearing for August 28.

Butler has had two competency reviews, which will be discussed at the hearing to see if the case can move forward.

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