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Shawn Butler sentenced for violating order prohibiting him from serving in a youth organization

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J.

Post Date:09/23/2019 3:19 PM

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor announced that on September 20, 2019, Shawn Butler was sentenced to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving in Middlesex County. 

 Prosecutor Robertson stated that due to a previous sexual assault-related conviction, Butler was prohibited from participating in youth serving organizations. He violated this law by participating in a youth ministry at a religious center in Franklin Township, New Jersey, as a youth counselor, youth mentor, and youth chaperone. The children that he counseled, mentored, and chaperoned were between the ages of 12 to 17 years old.  Butler worked with these children by supervising and mentoring them at various youth ministry events/activities including overnight camps, concerts, outings, and youth groups. On May 21, 2019, Butler was found guilty of 3rd degree Prohibited Participation in a Youth Serving Organization in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:7-23. 

Assistant Prosecutor Kim Savino-French represented the State during the trial and sentencing. The sentencing was before the Honorable Kevin M. Shanahan, P.J.Cr.

 Prosecutor Robertson and Chief Fodor request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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