Ex-Lakewood police officer accused of sex assault on duty
A former Lakewood police officer was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted sexual assault of a woman while he was on duty and giving her a ride home, police said — the second time he has been accused of such an act.
Randall Shaun Butler, 37, is also suspected of unlawful sexual contact, official misconduct and official oppression, the police department said in a news release.
The alleged incident happened on June 8, police said.
Butler was previously arrested on similar allegations in connection to an incident in November. The former Lakewood officer was arrested by Denver police in December and charged in that case with two counts of sexual assault, allegedly committed while on duty the night of Nov. 16.
The alleged victim in the Denver case told investigators she was walking home from a bar on West Seventh Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard when a police officer pulled up, turned on his siren and offered her a ride home.
The woman said she was sexually assaulted in the back of the patrol car. She recalled Butler’s name tag, according to court documents.
Lakewood Police Chief Daniel McCasky said in a news release Tuesday that the allegations against Butler should not taint the work and reputation of the men and women serving as Lakewood police officers.
“In this difficult moment, all of us at the Lakewood Police Department are thinking of the victim in this case,” McCasky said. “As I’ve said before, actions such as these will never be tolerated.”
The police department is working with prosecutors in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in the latter, ongoing investigation. “Right now, our top priority is the pursuit of justice for the victim,” McCasky said.