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Butterfield sentenced for criminal sexual conduct

Paul Richard Butterfield, 45, of Blackduck, was sentenced on Monday for two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Butterfield pleaded guilty on Aug. 28 to two charges of fondling himself in the presence of a child, which is a serious felony. A charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct previously was dismissed.

For the first charge, he was sentenced to one year in jail with 299 days stayed for two years and placed on supervised probation for two years. He must serve 22 days in jail, pay or work off a $300 fine, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not be around others who are using alcohol or controlled substances, submit tot random testing, comply with the Department of Corrections, remain law-abiding, have no contact with the victims or minor females, complete outpatient sexual offender treatment and follow its aftercare, take a polygraph if asked to and pay for it, complete the Abel sexual inventory, complete individual therapy and follow all recommendations, not use the Internet and not possess sexually explicit materials.

For the second charge, he was sentenced to one year in jail with the sentenced stayed for two years. The conditions are the same.

Butterfield was investigated and later arrested after Beltrami County deputies were called to Blackduck School on April 16 in regards to possible sexual abuse. Two girls at the school told deputies that Butterfield had exposed himself to them several times in the last couple of years, most recently April 7 or April 8, court documents say. They said that on one of those two dates, they were in the living room watching television when Butterfield walked in naked and began fondling himself.

In an interview with police, Butterfield confessed to exposing himself to the girls and to the incident that occurred either April 7 or April 8.