Suspect charged in illegal sex act and burglary in custody

Kent Butler
Kent Butler(WNDU)
Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 6:16 PM EDT
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A suspect charged with performing a sex act in the presence of a 13-year-old girl is in custody.

According to the St. Joseph Prosecutor's Office, 18-year-old Kent Butler turned himself in Friday, Sept. 20th. He was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail at 10:34 p.m.

Butler is accused of breaking into a South Bend home on Sept. 17th and waking the young victim up by taking photos or video of her Tuesday morning,


When police arrived, they found that the girl had a white stain believed to be bodily fluid on the backside of her pajama pants.

Officers also reportedly found an upside down bucket under the window to the room. The window's screen was removed.

They also found a pair of pants and underwear on the ground near the window, which the alleged victim identified as hers.

Officers processed the scene for fingerprints, reportedly finding eight that were analyzed in the South Bend Crime Lab and were found to match those of Butler.

Butler reportedly did not know the victim or her family.

He is charged with Level 4 felony burglary, Level 6 felony residential entry and Level 6 felony performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor.

Butler was ordered to be held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Sept.23rd at 1:00 p.m.

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