Lakewood police officer accused of assaulting stranded motorist

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KKTV) - A Lakewood police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a female driver who had sought his help while stranded on the roadway.

The alleged incident happened Nov. 20 near 10th and Sheridan. According to the police department, 37-year-old Randall Butler offered to drive the victim to safer location closer to her home, then instead pulled into an empty lot several blocks away and assaulted her. He then allegedly left her in the parking lot and drove off in his patrol car.

The victim contacted the Denver Police Department, who began an investigation. Butler resigned as an officer after his department was notified of the allegations and was arrested Wednesday.

The Lakewood Police Department said it was "fully committed to cooperating" with Denver's investigation and is in the middle reviewing any other allegations against Butler. Butler had been with the police department for more than five years at the time of his arrest.

"The appalling and inexcusable conduct in no way embodies the Lakewood Police Department's mission 'to serve and protect with integrity, intelligence and initiative,'" said Chief Daniel McCasky in a statement following the announcement of Butler's arrest. "This behavior has no place in our department and will never be tolerated. The arrest of Butler is demoralizing to our organization. As this investigation continues, our top priorities are to remain committed to the safety and well-being of the victim, and to the pursuit of justice for our community."

Ex-Officer Butler was formally charged Thursday with two counts of sexual assault.