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Michigan Man Convicted Of Traveling To Laredo To Engage In Illicit Sexual Conduct

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

LAREDO, Texas – Douglas Alan Butler, 54, a U.S. citizen from Michigan, has entered a guilty plea to traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

According to the record, Butler started communicating with an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old female by way of a local chat room. Communication started on March 28, 2013, and lasted for approximately a month until the date of his arrest,  April 23, 2013.

During the communication, Butler had engaged in conversations that were sexually illicit in nature. Particularly, Butler indicated that he “could teach her so many things.” Additionally, Butler advised that he had plans of traveling to Laredo and expressed a desire to meet her.

Butler had made arrangements to meet the deputy whom he believed to be the minor female at a local city park and promised to bring a “sex toy” during that encounter. He was arrested upon arrival at that park, at which time a pink vibrator was discovered in his car. A subsequent search of his hotel also resulted in the discovery of 13 condoms and 18 Viagra pills.

Butler faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine at the time of his sentencing, which will be scheduled for a later date by U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Suntrease Williams.

Updated April 30, 2015