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Midwife convicted of downloading indecent images of children

|News, Sexual offences

An NHS midwife who downloaded and shared hundreds of indecent images of children has been sentenced.

Scott Butler, 39, was found to have more than 400 indecent images of male and female children between the ages of four and thirteen. 

Today (Monday, 13 September 2021) at Inner London Crown Court Butler was sentenced to 12 months in custody, suspended for 18 months. The CPS applied for a sexual harm prevention order and the details of this will be set out at a further hearing.

Butler had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of a child and two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images.

He was arrested on 3 December 2020 at St George’s Hospital where he worked. His phone and laptop were seized from his home address and found to contain around 360 indecent moving images of children and 77 still images.

Kate Shilton, from the CPS, said: “Scott Butler was a registered NHS midwife who came into contact with young children every day in a London hospital. But unknown to anyone, he had a large collection of pornographic images of children as young as four years old.

“Butler was caught out after uploading images to a social networking website, which police were able to trace back to him. He was arrested while working. The prosecution case included evidence from a forensic analysis of Butler’s devices, which showed the extent of his interest in preadolescent children.

“Crimes against children are abhorrent and the CPS will always seek to bring to justice those who fuel the sexual exploitation of children.”

Notes to editors

  • Scott Butler (DOB: 10/3/1982) is from Lambeth
  • Kate Shilton is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London South.

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