Crime

Child molester gets jail for abusing boy at Lynden tractor pull

A Marysville man must spend six months in jail and three years on probation for molesting a teenage boy at a Lynden tractor pull, a Whatcom County judge ruled Thursday, April 14.

Adrian Henry Butler, 30, knew the boy from tractor pulls he’d gone to in the past.

On the afternoon of June 28, 2014, he met up with the boy at another competition at Berthusen Park. After walking together for a while, the boy went into Butler’s fifth-wheel trailer, where Butler gave him alcohol, according to the boy.

Then Butler offered him $400 to take off his pants.

The sexual abuse was interrupted when it was Butler’s turn to compete in the tractor pull, according to charging papers. Afterward he invited the boy back into the trailer and tried to continue the sexual abuse. The boy pushed Butler away.

Hours later he reported what happened to the sheriff’s office.

Butler confessed to the crime when detectives interviewed him that night at his trailer. Butler, then an aviation mechanic for Boeing, posted $50,000 bond within the week. Upon his arrest his employer suspended him, according to court records. Since then he has worked as a tow truck driver, and later as a diesel mechanic, in Snohomish County.

Butler pleaded guilty in March to two counts of child molestation in the second degree. He had no criminal history.

Since his arrest Adrian Henry Butler has been getting counseling for sexual deviancy and substance abuse. As part of his sentence he’ll need to continue getting treatment.

Court records say Butler grew up in a Romanian orphanage until the age of 8, when he was adopted by a family in South Dakota. He spoke with a faint accent as he read from a written statement Thursday at his sentencing hearing.

“To the victim’s family and (the boy), I want to apologize, and say I’m truly sorry for any pain that I’ve caused,” Butler said. “I’ve stopped drinking and have been in alcohol treatment and sexual abuse counseling. And I’m sorry for breaking your trust and friendship. I never meant to hurt anybody.”

The victim and his family did not show up to court.

In another statement about the crime, Butler wrote that he’d been “drinking a lot” in June 2014, and “undergoing a tremendous amount of stress.”

Since his arrest Butler has been getting counseling for sexual deviancy and substance abuse. As part of his sentence he’ll need to continue getting treatment.

Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis approved a sex offender sentencing alternative, as recommended by Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Quinn and Defense Attorney Thomas Phelan.

The victim’s family supported the plea deal, Quinn said. A Department of Corrections report filed in court this week says: “Their desire (is) for this matter to be over.”

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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