JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office first announced the arrest of a 9-year veteran officer for capital sexual battery, they said the investigation began with the discovery of an image of a nude girl on a phone.
An affidavit for arrest warrant obtained by WOKV provides more clarity about years of abuse that led to the arrest of Matthew Butler on Tuesday. Butler was an officer assigned to Zone 1, which covers Downtown, but he resigned following the arrest.
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The Integrity Unit started their investigation into Butler last Friday, when they received information claiming Butler had a nude photo of a young girl. The affidavit states that a witness alerted a JSO Detective to potential sexual abuse of a victim, in addition to the photo.
The victim detailed how the sexual abuse took place at an apartment and later at home, over the course of six years. The affidavit says the abuse occurred between 2010 and 2016. It did not describe the relationship between Butler and the victim.
Butler, who is now 39 years old, was booked into the Duval County Jail on a felony charge of capital sexual battery and a judge set his bond at $1 million. The judge also ordered Butler to have no contact with the victim or other minors. His next court date was scheduled for April 17.
Butler is the second Jacksonville officer to be arrested in just a matter of days. Over the weekend, an officer was arrested for allegedly pointing his gun at three women, including one he was dating, and threatening them.
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