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Former Lakewood officer arrested again in a second sex assault case

Posted at 10:02 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 00:16:12-05

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A former Lakewood police officer was arrested for the second time in connection with a separate sexual assault case.

Randall Butler, 37, was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of attempted sexual assault and other alleged crimes that occurred in June.

Butler, a former Lakewood police officer, is facing sexual assault charges for a separate incident in November. He was arrested on Dec. 5 in connection with the November allegations.

The alleged incident that led to Tuesday’s arrest occurred on June 8. Butler allegedly engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with a woman while giving her a ride home while on-duty that evening.

Both incidents share similar circumstances, according to police reports.

Butler was charged in December after he allegedly offered a stranded woman a ride and then sexually assaulted her.

The charges allege that on Nov. 16 around 11 p.m., Butler offered to drive a woman who had become stranded near 10th Avenue and Sheridan. But instead of driving her home, Butler allegedly drove the woman to a vacant parking lot, where the alleged sexual assault occurred.

Denver police arrested Butler in December. When the Lakewood Police Department learned about the allegations, Butler was put on administrative leave. Shortly after that, on Nov. 26, he resigned from his position. He had been a member of the Lakewood Police Department since January 2013.

Police say the victim in the June incident came forward after hearing about his arrest in December.

Butler was arrested Tuesday by the Lakewood Police Department on suspicion of criminal attempt sex assault, unlawful sexual contact, first-degree official misconduct and official oppression.

The Lakewood Police Department is continuing a full investigation into these allegations and any other possible misconduct by Butler, a statement read. They are asking that anyone with any information on Butler’s actions while a member of the Lakewood Police Department to call their tip-line at 303-763-6800.