NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced the sentencing of 52-year-old Donald George Butler Jr. on June 29 after Butler pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender.
The failure to register was a violation of federal law. A judge sentenced Butler to 37 months in prison. According to court documents, Butler was convicted of sexual battery in New Orleans in 1997. As a result of that conviction, he was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Butler was released from prison in 2009 and moved to Texas without notifying authorities. In 2010, Butler was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, failure to register as a sex offender in the Western District of Texas. Upon his release from custody in 2012, Butler moved back to Louisiana, again, without notifying authorities.
The case was brought as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative started by the Department of Justice in 2006. Its goal is to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.