The man was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail for the crimes he has committed.
A 47-year-old man named Travis M. Butler from Pensacola, Florida with multiple prior child sex abuse convictions was convicted of “new child sex crimes” on Friday, January 15. The arrest came after the man admitted to molesting an underage girl he met via social media in 2019, as per Metro. During his hearing on Friday, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail for the crimes he has committed.
The vile man allegedly molested the girl without her parents' knowledge during the summer of 2019. According to WEAR-TV, investigators obtained a warrant for Butler’s social media accounts which revealed “troves of evidence displaying his sexual acts with the minor and requests for pornographic photos from the child”, as per documents.
Travis Butler is sentenced to life in prison for "new child sex crimes." He was previously convicted in 2006. https://t.co/ZVkf7zrNWy— WEAR ABC 3 (@weartv) January 15, 2021
Court documents also state that the man asked the victim to bring in a third party -a minor- to have sex. In November 2019, Butler was arrested, and two days before he was scheduled to go to trial, he pleaded guilty for his crimes.
It was during his sentence hearing that the court heard that Butler had raped multiple victims previously, getting three of his underage victims pregnant as a result of his abuse.
In 2006, he was sentenced for impregnating a 16-year-old girl, and that's when it was revealed that this teenager was the third victim Butler had gotten pregnant. Since the case did not delve into any further information, it was not clear if the victims kept the children. The duration of Butler's sentence back then wasn't revealed, either.
Clothes don’t Rape People— Floridah R Mapeto (@floridahmapeto) January 17, 2021
Alcohol doesn’t Rape People
Night outs don’t Rape People
Rapists Rape People and those are the only people we should channel our anger to
However, it was made clear that Butler was registered as a sex offender back then, based on the prior state of Florida convictions for lewd and lascivious battery and contributing to the delinquency of a child by impregnating (under 16).
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Lawrence Keefe said that Butler was someone who preyed on children. “Butler is a sexual predator who has repeatedly victimized underage girls for his own purposes,” said U.S. Attorney Keefe. “He has inflicted harm on far too many girls, but his trail of devastated young lives will come to an end behind bars.”
For men like Butler, who continue to inflict harm upon unsuspecting teens despite being punished under the law, stricter rules must be in place. Some may even say it's time for Florida to take a page out of Alabama's book and introduce chemical castration as a punishment for unforgivable crimes.
Alabama Approves Chemical Castration for Child Sex Offenders - The Atlantic.— Lil' Dane (@danarivera_) August 12, 2020
I say thrown them in to the general prison population of lifers. They will handle things. https://t.co/jty32P2YKC
A similar bill was proposed in 2018 in Oklahoma but it was opposed strongly. In Moldova, the law was passed in 2012 but it was repealed in 2013 since it was a "violation of fundamental human rights." If you'd like to read more about the castration law in Alabama, click here.