Ex-Navy midshipman charged with sexual exploitation of children booked on DUI
A former Navy midshipman charged with posing as a girl online to get other underage females to send him sexually explicit photos was arrested early this morning on suspicion of DUI, according to jail records.
Bret Michael Butler, 22, was arrested at 2 a.m. today by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se and speeding 10 mph to 19 mph over the speed limit, according to Boulder County Jail booking records.
Butler is already facing two counts of sexual exploitation of a child with intent to sell or publish, and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child with possession of more than 20 items in connection to a Boulder police investigation that began almost a year ago.
According to court documents, Boulder police received a tip in February from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Butler was in possession of child pornography.
Boulder police said they recovered more than 20 sexually graphic images of children on Butler's cellphone and computers, including a desktop computer that Butler told police was "Navy-issued," according to court records.
Investigators say Butler posed as a girl to communicate with other underage girls. Once he established communication, police allege, he would ask for sexually explicit photos and then share them online with other users.
Butler was arrested at his home in Boulder County in August. Local investigators were told by a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent that Butler was AWOL from the academy, according to an affidavit, but Navy officials said Butler was not AWOL and had been separated from the school since December 2012.
Butler -- who was on $50,000 bond in the sexual exploitation case -- was booked and released from the Boulder County Jail. He has a Jan. 24 arraignment hearing on the sexual exploitation charges, and is scheduled to return to court Feb. 10 on the DUI charge.