Manipulative police officer had fling with victim and groped woman in own home

A shady police officer who exploited his position to groom vulnerable crime victims has been jailed.

Warwickshire Police cop Alan Butler, 64, had an affair with a woman who was the victim of a crime he was investigating.

The unnamed woman told the jury at Warwick Crown Court that Butler's grooming turned her life upside down.

She said: "The first time I spoke to Alan Butler, little did I know my life would be left in turmoil.

"He manipulated me at a time he was supposed to be there for me. He totally abused his position of trust.

"I trusted Alan, but in reality he was grooming and manipulating me to use me for his own sexual gratification."

During a 30-year police career, Butler investigated kidnappings, robberies and sexual offences across the West Midlands.

Butler also groped, touched and kissed another crime victim in a vulnerable state.

The woman who he touched inappropriately said the string of bad behaviour ruined her trust in the authorities.

She told the court: "I feel extremely vulnerable and feel I can't trust the police.

"He abused his power to coerce me into doing things I didn't want to do.

"Mr Butler saw an opportunity to manipulate me, and he made me believe he was trying to help me to get justice, but he had an alternative agenda.

"He took advantage of me at the most vulnerable time of my life."

Disgraced Butler will serve 18 months for misconduct in public office.

Judge Anthony Potter said: ""When [the first woman] complains that you were manipulating her, I find that to be the case."

He added Butler was no better to his second victim.

Judge Potter added: "You frequently visited her under the guise of pursuing your activities as a police officer, and you coerced her into kissing you on at least two occasions and allowing you to touch her bottom, something she was uncomfortable with.

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"Your offending has had a profound and deep-seated effect on both women.

"You had cynically made an assessment that if they were to complain, there was every chance their complaints would be disregarded.

"Not only must police officers be deterred from such conduct, but the public must see that condign punishment will follow for officers who betray the trust placed in them."

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