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Police records show that a Little Rock police officer was on suspension when he picked up a teenage girl at a bus stop and let her sleep at his residence, an incident that has now sparked an internal investigation.

Officer Jason Butler, 29, is currently on paid administrative leave, and an internal investigation is ongoing into the April 14 incident involving the 16-year-old girl picked up from a Little Rock bus stop, according to department spokesman Lt. Michael Ford.

Butler, according to a report, said he saw the teenager standing at a bus stop around 3 a.m. and stopped to check on her because it was raining and he had received storm notifications on his phone.

The teenager reported being kicked out of her house, Butler told authorities. Butler said he offered her a ride and took her back to his residence, where she slept before the officer took her home.

At the time, Butler was suspended from the department because of a November incident in which he returned to the scene of a domestic disturbance to try to develop a personal relationship with a victim, according to police documents.

Butler said he found the woman attractive and returned to her apartment to "conversate" with her, according to an internal investigation into the incident. One Little Rock police captain wrote that Butler's behavior was "indicative of a predatory nature that cannot be tolerated."

Police Chief Kenton Buckner wrote that he would not call the actions predatory, but he described the behavior as "inappropriate," according to the documents. Butler received a 160-hour suspension, according to a department letter from Buckner.

In 2015, Butler received a one-day suspension from the department after he was dispatched to a call, asked an "unsuitable question" to a woman and later sent text messages to her cellphone.

Metro on 05/17/2018

Print Headline: LR officer on leave suspended earlier

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  • yellowcat
    May 17, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

    It surely isn't the first time a police officer has used his position to pick up chicks. But let's at the very least keep them of age.

  • Murphy01
    May 17, 2018 at 9:28 a.m.

    Sounds like three strikes to me

  • GeneralMac
    May 17, 2018 at 9:44 a.m.

    If past behavior is the best judge for future behavior, his superiors must have been blind.

    Definitely a pattern in the past.

  • PopMom
    May 17, 2018 at 9:54 a.m.

    If he did not make a move on the teen, I don't think that this is a big deal. She had been kicked out of the house and it was 3 am. Who kicks a 16 year old out of the house?

  • GeneralMac
    May 17, 2018 at 12:16 p.m.

    PopMom.......I'll bet the vast majority of the time a 16 year old..CLAIMS......to have been kicked out it is because her parents gave her the alternative to either follow rules OR leave and the teen CHOSE leaving.

  • MaxCady
    May 17, 2018 at 12:40 p.m.

    If he'd just bought her a motel room he'd have gotten a commendation.

  • mrcharles
    May 17, 2018 at 4:05 p.m.

    you just dont take teen age girls to your house!.....which I assume he lives alone...... very bad kharma I feel about this guy.

    dang it general, you sound like you took your meds and three slow breaths before you posted in a lucid manner. Believe I agree with you on this one, though either or can be tempered to the circumstances and history of the perpetrator.

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