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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Roulette Man Jailed--Accused Of Raping A Port Allegany Woman

A Roulette man was charged with Rape and Furnishing Alcohol To Minors after a Saturday night party in his home on Third Street in Roulette.

Robert Paul Butler, 23 of 19 Third Street, Roulette, had a party in his home Saturday night lasting into the wee hours of Sunday morning. He is accused of furnishing alcohol to a 20 year old female from Port Allegany and a 17 year old female from Shinglehouse.

The 20 year old became intoxicated to the point of passing out. She awoke to find Butler on top of her, raping her.

Trooper Glenn Drake II arrested Butler on Monday. He was taken into custody and arraigned before on-call Magisterial Judge Delores Bristol. Butler was unable to post $10,000.00 straight bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail.


Anonymous said...

We have become animals ........

Anonymous said...

Why can't this judge get it, that rape is a serious charge, 10% of $10,000 can be obtained with relative ease, allowing the suspect out on the streets and contimplating running from these serious charges.

Please rethink your bail requirements Bristol.

Bail is a joke in Potter County.

Anonymous said...

isn't he the same one who did this to another girl who was living with him a number of years ago?

Anonymous said...

This type of thing happens more often than you all realize I think. It's just that most people are too scared to press charges or they even blame themselves at first, which is NOT the case at all! I hope he rots.

Anonymous said...

WOW !!

Friend of a Trooper said...

Why all of the sudden are the names of the investigating/arresting police officers being included in the reports? This is not a common practice in any publication and could put the safety and well being of our area police officers at risk.

I think you should let them do their jobs. They are doing a great job and shouldn't have their personal lives intruded on with questions about their work.

Anonymous said...

I believe innocent until proven guilty, is there going to be charges against her for drinking under age.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else see how much alcohol related issues are published on this site everyday.
Do you still think Potter County doesn't have a drinking issue?

Anonymous said...

ALL Counties do.

Anonymous said...

That's right... Blame the girl that got drunk for getting raped... I bet you think that meant that she was asking for it too....

You people are too much... When will you get a grip on reality, when you get charged too?

Shear and utter nonsense....

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that asking if the girl would have charges filed on her for underage consumption of an alcoholic beverage is saying that she was to blame or that "she was asking for it" as you so claim.

It is a legitmate question. Although what was done to her was barbaric and criminal, the cicumstances that led up to the act were, by the language of the Consolidated Statues of Pennsylvania, criminal in nature as well. Yes, she violated a section of the law and should be charged. On the other hand in the process of being an actor in a crime she became a victim in a more violent crime. Will she be charged, more than likely not. The emotional trauma that she has, and will endure are more than enough punishment for her violation of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

Anonymous said...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009…..ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Regardless of her age, marital status, income, color, religion, or impaired thinking ability, etc; rape is uninvited sex.

And, NO, as a minor, she should not be held accountable for her actions; but the person that "contributed to the delinquency of this minor" should be held accountable and well as be held an accessory to rape.

TEB's thoughts said...

I agree with most of these comments..I do however know for a fact that Potter and Mckean counties let this crap continue time and time again to happen. The penalty that these sick bastards get is almost next to nothing while the poor victim gets to re-live this nightmare every day. We need to get "real judges" with "real balls" to put an end to these monsters.

Anonymous said...

"And, NO, as a minor, she should not be held accountable for her actions"

And you wonder what is wrong with our youth. EVERYONE, adults AND minors, should be held accountable for their actions!

Anonymous said...

Wrong is Wrong!

Under age drinking is wrong!
Rape is wrong!

Let it go .....

Anonymous said...

12:50 I agree!! But it's the Freedom of Information Act. Nobody's safety or privacy, in regards to Officer's or Victims, is taken into consideration.

The public's right to judge and gossip comes first!!??

Anonymous said...

Yes, Everyone regardless of age, should be held accountable.

Anonymous said...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:23…I’m sure the minor is well aware that she made poor decisions that played a role in the horrific crime was committed against her.

It’s completely baffling to me that you think an irresponsible minor should be held accountable. Why? The minor will just be slapped with an insignificant fine and in a couple of years become legal and buy alcohol for their under age friends.

No, No, No. The ADULTs that supply alcohol to minors should be held accountable. It would reduce crimes such as these. Use some common sense.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 1:06, is this you:

Anonymous said...

There were (at least) three crimes here, and with all due respect, each one does need to have legal consequences.
1. Underage drinking - if the girl goes without legal consequences - likely a fine and suspension of her drivers license - then we're saying if something bad happens then they shouldn't be punished. But we can still punish those to whom nothing bad happens. Isn't the reason for the law in the first place to protect underage persons from doing stupid things? Like drinking too much and passing out? Also, let us not forget that the person is not a minor, she is an underage adult (arguments about the legal drinking age are for another time)

2. Providing alcohol to a minor/underage person. It's illegal for a reason. It is, as it should be, part of this fellow's charges.

3. Rape.

None of them should go unpunished.

I am not saying this girl hasn't been through enough, only that if she had not herself done something illegal, she might very well have avoided the rest of the situation. Accountability is accountability.

Of course, I also believe repeated rape offenders should be castrated. ;)

Anonymous said...

Poster 1:17 i agree with you 100%I live in Austin and have been saying for years our statistics are out of control.

Anonymous said...

1. The young lady needs to get counciling. She has only begun to live the nightmare that will haunt her for years to come.
2. No, she should not be charged with underage drinking. Yes, she broke a law but as a victim of rape she will pay for her poor decision way more then the law will ever punish her. She has enough, we don't need to add to what she is already dealing with.
3. If she ever reads this, Keep a record of ALL your medical expenses, he may have to pay restitution. He should pay with money, his own reputation and many years of jail time. Too many of these rapist get off because the victims are so traumatized.
3. You will recover, seek support, there are so many other rape victims out there. I will be praying for you.
4. To the rapist, you can never recieve enough jail time. Laws need to change and these perverted, demented men need to be locked up with no mercy. They should be shown the samed mercy that they showed to their victim...NONE!

Anonymous said...

For the very first person that posted. Judge Bristol is by far the best DJ we have in this county. If you read correctly it says 10000 straight bail...not 10%. however i do agree that the bail figures should be much higher in a lot of cases!

Anonymous said...

When did 20 years old become a minor? Why in the heck are we letting minors vote for 2 years? This girl was no minor.

Anonymous said...

11:19, you are correst, in my haste I misread the bail sentence. Sorry. I do agree with you bail can be a joke in this county.

Anonymous said...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 2:51:00 PM EDT.....

Please reread the article. The girl that cried rape after passing out was 20, an adult and therefore accountable for her actions of drinking underage, which is 21.

Also, If she was so drunk as to pass out, it is entirely possable that she came too briefly and started in on him, lending to him beleiving that it was consensual.

I'm not saying he did or didn't do it, innocent till proven guilty, and there is room for reasonable doubt in my eyes given the limited amount of information at this time.

Anonymous said...

she asked for it by simply going there and drinking .. getting drunk...

Anonymous said...

1:27, you might rethink your statement. No one ASKS to be raped. It stands to reason in the definition of the word.

Or are you saying that anyone who drinks is asking to have sex? Again, I think this is an incorrect statement. The Catholic Church and their communion might have major issues with that assessment.

I don't believe she asked for it ever. But I do believe she was irresponsible, and she certainly paid for it.

Let's keep in mind - what happened to her is absolutely horrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but she isn't completely innocent in this ordeal. She is, for all intents in purposes, an adult who should know her own limits and make sure she keeps herself in safe situations.

People should know when to say when - drinking until you passout is stupid. It's unhealthy, the hangover sucks, and no one wants to clean up your vomit. And drinking underage is just illegal.

But! Drinking does NOT mean a person wants to have sex. Nor does passing out.

Anonymous said...

Many of you people are unbelievable. Yes the girl was under 21, yes she drank til she passed out.. But I would lay money down that most of you partied a little too hard yourselves when you were that age.

Do I agree she should know her limits and not be drinking under the age of 21?! YES!! However, just because she didn't doesn't mean that she should be put on trail. Bobby Butler should!

And to the person that asked about him doing this before. YES he did. He had sex with a young girl (around 13, I believe) that was staying with his parents as a foster family.

Now he does it again. He obviously didn't learn his lesson the first time! I feel sorry for his wife and others invovled, of course especially the 20 year old.

But let's not put the blame on her, let's leave it at Bobby Butler should be put in jail for a long time and his privates destroyed for this to NEVER happen again!!

Anonymous said...

Since when is punishing the victim of a rape the right thing to do? She was drinking underage..she wasn't in the commission of a felony. If this girl is charged with underage drinking it would only do more harm than good. Future (underage) victims of rape will only become hesitant to report their attack for fear of legal consequences. Girls should feel safe reporting such a terrible crime. I would gladly let this girl take a pass at being charged with underage drinking in exchange for rapists being reported.