A South Salt Lake man has been charged in connection with the sexual abuse of three girls.
Raymond Lynn Butterfield, 37, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with rape of a child, sodomy upon a child, aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.He is being held at the Salt Lake County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Two girls, ages 12 and 10, told police that on May 17 they were sleeping in a tent in the 12-year-old's back yard when they heard the fabric of the tent ripping, according to the charges. A man entered the tent and assaulted both girls.
The man raped the 12-year-old girl and then he sexually abused the 10-year-old girl. The 12-year-old said the man "turned on a light that was in the tent and she recognized him" as a man who lived in the neighborhood and whom she had met the day before, the charges state.
The 10-year-old girl told police that the man told them to "shut their eyes or he would slit their throats." She closed her eyes, but she could hear the 12-year-old crying, the charges state.
An 11-year-old girl sleeping inside the house also told police that she awoke that night to find a man standing over her with his hand over her mouth.
"He told her to do as he said or he would stab her," the charges state. The man then fondled and sexually abused the girl.
Since the kitchen light was on, the girl was able to see the man, whom she recognized as someone she had met the day before, the charges state. The man then put a pillow over the girl's face and left.
All three girls later recognized Butterfield in a photo lineup, the charges state.
At least five other cases have surfaced since the rapes were publicized early this week, said South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Beau Babka. A 14-year-old girl and her parents came to the police department Monday, saying she had also been abused by the same man.
"We're going to look into it real seriously," Babka said.
Some of the alleged assaults may have taken place in other cities and may not be recent incidents, he said.
South Salt Lake has had literally dozens of phone calls from people who say they have seen Butterfield hanging around at various locations across the Salt Lake Valley.