Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Divorce Attorneys' PI Sets Up Spouses For Arrest

In a nightmarish plot that sounds more like a Hollywood script, a California private investigator working for divorce attorneys set up their clients' spouses for arrest in order to get dirt on them that would benefit the clients. The Los Angeles Times has this story.

One of the victim's recounted meeting a woman on an online dating site who then later met him for drinks. After a flirty encounter with the victim and another woman they suggested the victim follow them to a house with a hot tub. Once he began following them, he was pulled over and arrested for DWI.

The women who'd ogled him worked for Butler's detective agency. Sharon, who told Dutcher she was a divorcee employed by an investment firm, actually was a former Las Vegas showgirl.

A man who once worked for Butler had blown the whistle. He told authorities Butler arranged for men to be arrested for drunk driving at the behest of their ex-wives and their divorce lawyers — and that entrapment was only one of many alleged misdeeds.

Butler, 49, a former police officer, was arrested in February. In addition to setting up at least five DUIs, he sold drugs for law enforcement officers and helped them open and operate a brothel, collecting and delivering the profits, according to prosecutors and a statement Butler gave them after his arrest.

It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out. The story is also a good read. Hit the link to read it. It also highlights the danger for law enforcement agencies to have too close a relationship with private investigation firms or any other business that is more motivated by profit than justice.


  1. There was an excellent edition of This American Life recently about this person: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/447/the-incredible-case-of-the-pi-moms

  2. Matt, Thanks for the link. Things aren't always as they seem.


I reserve the right to remove defamatory, libelous, inappropriate or otherwise stupid comments. If you are a spammer or are link baiting in the comments, a pox be upon you. The same goes for people trying to sell stuff. Your comment will be deleted without mercy.