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Sunday, February 24, 2008

[IL] Trooper Butler arrested for harassment (and domestic battery?)

State trooper accused of making harassing calls
Saturday, February 23,
An Illinois State Police trooper has been accused of making harassing telephone calls to his fiancee. Dirk E. Butler, 40, of Gilson was arrested... by deputies with the Knox County Sheriff's Department, who were responding to a report of domestic battery... The Knox County State's Attorney's Office had not filed formal charges against Butler by Friday. Butler also was scheduled for an order of protection hearing Thursday morning, but that hearing in Knox County was rescheduled for March 3.


  1. Trooper's harassment case to get special lawyer
    Peoria Journal Star, IL
    March 19, 2008

    Galesburg - The case against an Illinois state trooper has been referred to the Illinois Attorney General's Office for appointment of a special prosecutor. Trooper Dirk Butler was arrested last month on a charge of making a harassing telephone call to his fiancee. No formal charges have yet been brought.

    Citing potential conflict of interest, Knox County State's Attorney John Pepmeyer asked the court to appoint a special prosecutor.

    "Dirk Butler was an Illinois state trooper at the time of the incident being investigated, and it would be a conflict based upon our previous working relationship with Mr. Butler," Pepmeyer said in his motion, filed March 10.

    Judge James Stewart granted the request last Thursday and referred the matter to the state's attorney's appellate prosecutor's office.


  2. How about following up with an article stating that the accusations were unfounded! Trooper Butler is a GREAT man. Anyone should be lucky enough to know him. And if you are lucky enough to know him, as I have, you would see all the good qualities that he has - loving, kind, genuine, trusting, smart, caring, a good father and humanitarian. Articles like this do nothing but give a misperception and taint the reputation of a man whose reputation should never have been tainted in the first place.


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