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Crime & Courts

Pastor to face June trial in child porn case

Corey Butler (right), and his attorney Bob Motta attend a hearing Tuesday at the DeKalb County Court House in Sycamore.
Corey Butler (right), and his attorney Bob Motta attend a hearing Tuesday at the DeKalb County Court House in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – With nearly three years gone by since he was arrested, a DeKalb pastor is set to be tried on child pornography charges in June.

Corey Butler, 36, was arrested April 27, 2015, and charged with possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.

If convicted of the most serious charge, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

The final trial setting is scheduled for June 14, with the trial set to begin June 19. Butler’s lawyer, Bob Motta, said he expects to trial to last four days, although Assistant State’s Attorney Alicia Caplan thought it wouldn’t take that long.

“Maybe three days,” Motta said.

Police said in court records that officers with the Illinois Crimes Against Children Task Force learned that child pornography was being distributed from a computer at Butler’s address in the 600 block of Kent Road in DeKalb between Feb. 28 and March 2, 2015.

In an interview with DeKalb police after his arrest, Butler admitted to possessing the material and letting others view and download it, according to court records, but later denied ever possessing or distributing child pornography. He admitted he’d visited an adult porn site and blamed internet pop-up ads for the child pornography being on his computer.

Motta filed a motion in late October to suppress evidence, claiming that police unlawfully seized and analyzed evidence from Butler’s house, including the computer on which the content was found. The motion said the computer was taken before it was searched and turned over to a third party, which was not detailed in the search warrant.

Stuckert said she’d like all pretrial motions filed by Butler’s next court date. He’s due back at 9 a.m. May 25.

At the time of Butler’s arrest, he was mentoring students at DeKalb High School and DeKalb School District 428’s middle schools. He has been barred from any involvement with children as a condition of his bond.

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