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Former police officer charged with on-duty sexual assault

DENVER — A former police officer in Colorado was on duty when he sexually assaulted a woman after offering her a safe ride home, according to charges filed Thursday by Denver prosecutors.

Randall Butler, who resigned from the Lakewood Police Department after Denver police began their investigation, was charged with two counts of sexual assault. He has not yet entered a plea.

Denver prosecutor Maggie Conboy said the crime had a “predatory nature” and she asked a judge to set bond at $50,000 during a hearing.

The judge agreed with that request but denied Conboy’s separate call for Butler to be required to wear a GPS monitor if he is released.

Butler’s attorney Douglas Jewell declined to comment following the brief hearing. Jail records show Butler, 37, was arrested Wednesday and held without bond overnight.

Court records reveal the woman said she was stranded in Denver on the night of Nov. 17. She was walking home when Butler pulled up in his patrol car and offered to drive her part of the way.

In a report she later filed with police, the woman said Butler dropped her off in a parking lot then asked for her phone number and said, “‘You look like you want to kiss me.'”

“I did not want to,” the woman wrote. “That’s when I knew I was in trouble. I knew that things were going to get worse and if I didn’t do what I was told, he could hurt me.”

She said Butler then sexually assaulted her.

The affidavit involving Butler’s arrest refers to Colorado’s law on sexual assault committed by someone who had “supervisory or disciplinary authority over the victim and uses this position of authority to coerce the victim to submit.”

Court records say Butler would not talk to police but provided a DNA sample on Nov. 21.

The records say that before he met with Denver police, Butler told a Lakewood sergeant that the woman kissed him first. Butler said he pushed her away but “his impulses got the best of him” and they had sex, the records say.

In a statement, Lakewood Police Chief Daniel McCasky said Butler was put on administrative leave before resigning.

“The appalling and inexcusable conduct in no way embodies the Lakewood Police Department’s mission,” he said.

Butler began working for the department in 2013.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are a victim of a sex crime.

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