South Bend Police officer arrested, charged with child seduction

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail)

A South Bend Police Department Officer has been arrested in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.

Rico Butler was arrested and booked into the St. Joseph County Jail just after midnight on Saturday, March 2.

As a result of the investigation at this point, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Butler with two counts of Child Seduction.

The South Bend Police Department is working with the Prosecutor’s Office and Special Victims Unit on the investigation.

Butler has been relieved of duty pending further criminal and internal investigations.

Butler was sworn in as a South Bend Police Officer in December 2022.

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DAVID A KRIEGEL March 3, 2024 at 7:50 am

A MAJOR problem with the US justice system is the police and prosecutors splashing phots of arrested folks in the papers BEFORE they are found guilty. How many lives are ruined when an innocent’s person is arrested their names and picture splashed out forever and then they are found innocents’. Think the DUKE University lacrosse team false accused their lives threatened etc. In many nations an arrest is announced but no name or picture UNTIL they are found guilty

Thor March 4, 2024 at 11:33 pm

It’s tough to make politically motivated accusations pay if you can’t identify the person you want destroyed.


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