Man charged with molesting teen boy at Lynden tractor pull

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 9, 2014 

LYNDEN - A 28-year-old man has been charged with molesting a teenage boy at a tractor pull near Lynden.

Charging papers allege Adrian Henry Butler, of Marysville, invited the middle-school-aged boy into his trailer last month during a power-pulling competition at Berthusen Park. They knew each other from tractor pulls in the past.

Later the same day, the boy told a detective how Butler molested him: Butler at first plied him with a drink of alcohol, then offered him $400 to take off his pants, according to the charging papers.

The sexual abuse was interrupted when it was Butler's turn to compete in the tractor pull, according to charging papers.

Afterward, the charges state, he invited the boy back to the trailer and tried to keep molesting him, but the boy pushed him away.

In an interview with detectives, Butler confessed to the crimes and corroborated details from the boy's story, according to the court papers.

He's charged with two counts of second-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child rape. He has no criminal history in Washington state.

Butler posted $50,000 bond last week. His arraignment has been scheduled for Friday, July 11.

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