A man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for the repeated sexual abuse of two girls.
Andrew John Butler, aged 54, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 2 June 2023 and was sentenced for seven offences of rape, two further charges of rape of a child under 13 and two counts of sexual activity assault of a child under 13.
The offences occurred between 2010 and 2019 in the North Dorset area and involved two victims, who were subjected to repeated sexual abuse.
Following information received and investigations by detectives, Butler was arrested on Thursday 11 February 2021.
Detective Constable Adam Taylor, of Dorset Police, said: “I want to praise the victims in this case for the courage they have shown in coming forward and supporting our investigation as well as the strength they have shown throughout the court process.
‘Andrew Butler subjected these girls to horrific sexual abuse and through their bravery in coming forward, he has now been held accountable for his actions and faces a significant period behind bars.
‘I hope this sends a message to all victims of sexual abuse that we will do all we can to investigate offences and ensure offenders are brought to justice, while we will also make sure victims are supported.
‘I also want to thank our partners in the Crown Prosecution Service for their assistance in bringing this case.’
How to report child abuse:
Dorset Police: For non-urgent reports, or to make an enquiry, please go to www.dorset.police.uk where you can pass on the details of your concerns to us using the online enquiry form. You can also call 101. If you believe a child is in immediate danger please dial 999.
Crimestoppers: Call anonymously on 0800 555 111
Local Children’s Social Care:
STARS Dorset www.starsdorset.org/children-and-young-persons-service / 01202 308858
The Shores – Dorset SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) 01202 552 056
BCP Council 01202 093131
Dorset Council (Children’s Advice and Duty Service) 01305 228866
You can also report directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) www.ceop.police.uk