Police staff investigator accused of personal relationships with two women in cases he was involved in

A Warwickshire Police staff investigator allegedly had personal relationships with two women whose cases he was involved in investigating, a jury has been told.

And the brother of one of the women said he saw Alan Butler touching her knee in way he considered to be ‘terribly inappropriate in the circumstances.’

Alan Butler, aged 64, who lives in the Camp Hill area of Nuneaton, has pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of misconduct in a public office.

Prosecutor Grace Ong said: “This case is about Mr Butler, the prosecution say, abusing his position as a public official, a police investigator.

“In doing so, the prosecution case is that he entered into a sexual relationship with one woman, and also did some inappropriate touching and had a personal relationship with [another woman].

“He denies any inappropriate conduct.”

‘Bombarding her with calls’

The first charge alleges that he engaged in ‘a personal relationship’ with a woman between October 2015 and August 2017 at a time when he was investigating an allegation made by her.

The second charge alleges similar conduct by Butler with another woman whose case he was investigating in 2017.

Giving evidence, the first woman said: “When he needed to be supportive, his professional hat went on.

“Otherwise he would be flirty, but not in a way, when I first met him, that I thought it was something wrong. I never thought that something like that was going to happen.”

She described Butler ‘bombarding’ her with calls, and said: “Sometimes it made me feel flattered, but sometimes it was just crazy.”

The woman said on one occasion she was meeting a male friend when Butler called and asked where she was, then told her he was going to come and pick her up.

She said that after the trial at which she had to give evidence and a subsequent appeal, she told Butler she was moving away to start again.

‘Panicking’

“He came round and came through the door, and he was saying ‘Have you reported me?’ He was frantic. I knew he meant report him to the police, because he knew it was out of order what was going on.

“I said: ‘as if I would, I’ve been through enough,’ and he said it must be this other woman.

“He said it was something to do with her husband or ex-boyfriend, and he said that because he had not taken it to court she was trying to get back at him.

“I said he should keep it in his pants, then. He said he had never had sex with her, and that I was the only person he had had an extra-marital affair with.

“He asked me to send his sergeant an email to say how much he had supported me during the case. He was panicking.”

Her brother said Butler had visited her at his home, and he saw Butler putting his hand on her knee.

“He was a police officer, so I didn’t say anything while he was there,” he said.

“After he had gone, I mentioned it to her that I was concerned, and that I thought his actions were terribly inappropriate in the circumstances.

“I didn’t think that was proper behaviour for a police officer in those circumstances, the way he was complimenting her.

“He came to the house on quite a few occasions. He would say he had popped round to see her, and sometimes it was to go for a coffee. Most of the time it was just to see her.”

The brother said he was not at court on the last day of the trial in which his sister gave evidence, but that later that day he had a call from her.

“She said Mr Butler had given her a lift home, and that he loved her and wanted to have a relationship with her, and that she was shocked by this and told him she did not want a relationship with him.”

Christopher Millington QC, defending, put to him: “He did not put his hand on her knee.”

The brother replied: “Yes he did. I thought it was very unprofessional.”

Later in his questioning Mr Millington put to him: “You didn’t see any contact between Mr Butler’s hand and your sister’s leg.”

He answered: “I certainly did.”

The trial continues.

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