Friday, April 20, 2007

Man Confesses To Molesting Niece Before Crime Is Reported

A man who allegedly molesting his 14-year-old niece turned himself into authorities, giving a complete confession, even before the victim reported the assault. In an usual turn of events, James Herman Butler showed up at the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and reportedly told an officer worker he was there to turn himself in for inappropriately touching his niece. When deputies couldn’t find any warrants or a report naming the 45-year-old man as a suspect in any case, a detective began interviewing him. Butler allegedly confessed to assaulting his niece over a period of time, including several times when they were riding a four wheeler. Authorities believe Butler knew the victims parents were about to report the incidents and he decided to surrender. Based on his confessions, Butler was charged with 13 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. He was jailed under a $200,000 bond. Photo courtesy The Daily Record


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