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Victims praised after 'sexual predator' jailed for 19 years

Dennis Butler Credit: West Midlands Police

A man, who sexually abused three boys and a woman, has been jailed for 19 years.

Dennis Butler targeted victims over four decades, abusing three boys under the age of 14, as well as a woman.

West Midlands Police is praising those he abused for finding the 'courage to come forward'.

Detectives are highlighting the case as an example of the support offered to anyone who comes forward to report sex abuse – no matter how long ago it happened.

The crimes came to light when one of the victims confided in a friend, and was then spoken to by police at his school in March last year.

Butler, 61, was arrested the next day and then released on bail while the investigation continued.

Two more victims then came forward to give detailed accounts of sexual abuse over a number of years.

One told police:

I’ve always struggled to talk and tell anyone about what happened to me and I hope that now I have come forward, it may offer me some sort of closure and stop the opportunity for him to do this to anybody else.

– Anonymous victim

Another said:

It is difficult for me to put into words how I feel about him. He is a sick individual who needs to be punished for the lives he has ruined. Dennis Butler is an absolute monster.

– Anonymous victim

Butler, of Chantry Road, Handsworth, faced 21 charges including rape, indecent assault, and sexual assault.

He was found guilty of all charges on 17 November following a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court

On Friday, he was jailed for 19 years, and ordered to spend a further five years on licence.

DC Tom Parkes, from the Public Protection Unit, said:

Butler is a sexual predator and throughout he has never shown any form of remorse.

It was a challenging investigation because of the amount of time that had elapsed, but I’d like to commend the bravery of the victims.

As a result of one of them coming forward to tell us what had happened, the others felt able to speak out about what happened to them.

If anyone needs to tell us that they have been a victim of sexual offences, no matter how long ago they happened, I would urge them to come forward.

– West Midlands Police, DC Tom Parkes