Child Molestation Suspects In-Custody In Yavapai County

Detectives seeking to Contact Additional Victims in Separate Cases Harold Wayne Adams & Brandon Josia Butler

Brandon Josiah Buttler, age 41, was arrested by Yavapai County Sheriff’s detectives on November 23, 2016, at his home in Prescott Valley on charges including 4 counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor and a single count of Sexual Abuse. He is being held without bond in the Camp Verde Detention Center.

Earlier this month, deputies were dispatched to a reported child molestation involving a person known to Buttler.  YCSO detectives were assigned to investigate and discovered 3 additional victims also molested by Buttler in recent years. All the victims are female and a majority of the abuse involving Buttler occurred while the victims were in their pre-teen years. Detectives have since documented accounts from all four victims describing ongoing and very specific sexual abuse involving Buttler taking place in the Prescott Valley area.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims who were abused by Buttler and are requesting contact from those victimized by him or have knowledge of such activity involving others. It does not matter if the abuse took place recently or years past, anyone with information are urged to call Detective Dan Pritchard at 928-777-7275. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.

Harold Wayne Adams, age 63, was arrested by deputies on November 29, 2016, at a home in Cordes Lakes on charges including 2 counts of Child Molestation and 1 count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

In 2014, detectives received delayed notification regarding the molestation of a child, approximately 4 years old, by suspect Adams in the Prescott Valley area around 2007/2008. As the investigation unfolded, detectives learned Adams had been released in 2007 from the Arizona Department of Corrections after serving several years on a charge of Attempted Child Molestation based on a case in Yavapai County Superior Court.

Since the 2014 abuse report, detectives had been unable to locate Adams. Earlier this year, a Maricopa County Superior Court issued an arrest warrant for Adams regarding his failure to register as a sex offender. Recently, detectives developed information that Adams was living in the Cordes Lakes area.  Yesterday, deputies found Adams at a Cordes Lakes home where he was arrested.

Adams has since confessed to the child molestation incidents which he admitted occurred after his release from prison. Detectives would like to know if there are any additional victims who may have been abused by Adams. If so, call Detective Mark Yates at 928-777-7273, or callers may remain anonymous by contacting Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Detective Yates would also like to speak with anyone aware of concerning actions/activity involving Adams and the possibility of additional victims.

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