Christopher Ford Butt, from St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador, was given a slight tap on the wrist after he viciously vaginally and anally raped an 11-year-old girl so bad she couldn't walk.
According to an agreed statement of facts, between June and July of 2014 Butt lured the 11-year-old victim into his house where he would show her pornography, and would then sexually assault her vaginally and anally.
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The assaults continued over a four week period with Butt using physical force and threats to make sure she wouldn't tell her parents. He told the victim he would “beat the living shit” out of her parents and burn their house down.
When the girl's mother discovered her injuries, she reported them to police, after which Butt was charged.
Global News reports that the 41-year-old Butt was described as a family friend and neighbour.
Butt pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of uttering threats. Justice William Goodridge in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court sentenced Butt to five years behind bars and three years’ probation.
Goodridge accepted a joint submission from the Crown and defence for the 5 year sentence.
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In his decision, Goodridge wrote, “Mr. Butt’s participation in prison programs while on remand custody and the apology he made in court, offer hope for successful rehabilitation. There is also the reality that Mr. Butt’s childhood was marred by his own experiences as a victim of child sexual abuse. This does not justify or excuse his criminal acts, but it does help in understanding possible contributing forces that are in play.”
Because Butt has been in custody since Aug. 1, 2014, he was given 1,194 days off his sentence for time served. Now, he will just serve one year and 38 weeks behind bars.
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