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Crime & Courts

Judge grants another delay in DeKalb pastor's child porn trial

Corey Butler (right), and his attorney, Bob Motta, attend a hearing Tuesday at the DeKalb County Court House in Sycamore.
Corey Butler (right), and his attorney, Bob Motta, attend a hearing Tuesday at the DeKalb County Court House in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – A trial for a DeKalb pastor facing child porn charges has been postponed again, with more than three years having passed since his arrest.

Corey D. Butler, 38, of the 600 block of Kent Road in DeKalb, has said he’s continued preaching to his congregation since his arrest April 27, 2015, on possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography charges. If convicted of the most serious charge, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert has urged Butler’s lawyer, Bob Motta, multiple times that the case is getting old and needs to go before a jury. Motta, however, filed a motion Thursday saying Assistant State’s Attorney Alicia Caplan would be providing him with a forensic report about the digital evidence, which Motta said Butler must hire an expert witness to interpret and testify on.

Stuckert agreed Thursday to strike the previous trial date of July 17, and set a new date will be set when the case goes back before her at 9 a.m. July 31.

Another motion Motta filed Thursday claims more evidence has not been provided to him or Butler’s previous lawyer, Tom Benno, including video of police interviewing Butler at the station.

Police said that in that interview, Butler admitted to possessing the material and letting others view and download it between Feb. 28 and March 2, 2015, but he later denied ever possessing or distributing child pornography. Court records show Butler blamed pop-up ads from an adult porn website for child pornography being on his computer.

Police said in court records that officers with the Illinois Crimes Against Children Task Force learned that child pornography was being distributed from a computer at Butler’s address in the 600 block of Kent Road in DeKalb.

At the time of Butler’s arrest, he was mentoring students at DeKalb High School and DeKalb School District 428’s two middle schools. He is barred from any involvement with children as a condition of his $10,000 bond.

Stuckert already has denied a motion by Motta claiming the computer on which the content was found didn’t go through the proper investigative channels.

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