To this day, Butler remains a prominent figure in youth volleyball. Despite the ban, a separate organization, AAU, continues to allow Butler to coach volleyball at its events. Unlike USVBA, AAU allows him to coach both boys and girls junior-volleyball teams.
"USVBA does not control other independent volleyball organizations and cannot compel those organizations to impose similar restrictions on Mr. Butler's activities within those organizations," Okimura said in the statement to First Coast News.
Since 2000, Butler has coached more than 20,000 junior-aged female athletes through the AAU, Stanker said.
"Butler has remained... in good standing for the last 16 years," Stanker said last year. "Not a single complaint or accusation has been made against him for any improper conduct against athletes."
Meanwhile in Jacksonville, Powers-Barnhard operates Power Volleyball Club, a prominent volleyball program. In June, her club's team plans to compete in the 44th AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando.
It's during this competition where Powers-Barnhard could come face-to-face with Butler, something she says has happened in the past; something she still worries about today.
"[I] heard his voice, I looked up and he was sitting close to my table and the reaction to me was, I felt sick to my stomach," she said recalling a recent volleyball event where she saw him.
Powers-Barnhard filed a lawsuit against the AAU in 2016. She said her ultimate goal is to get the AAU to ban Butler from coaching underage girls. By allowing him to continue coaching junior girls teams, the lawsuit accuses the AAU of violating its own policies.
Under membership limitations, its codebook states: "It is the policy of the AAU to deny participation in the AAU to any individual for whom there is reasonable cause to believe that they have engaged in sexual misconduct." The lawsuit claims this rule also includes those who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
"AAU knows it has a duty to remove Butler from his position of coaching underage girls, but has failed to do so," the lawsuit reads.
Powers-Barnhard believes the AAU allows him to stay on the courts because it is more concerned about making money than protecting girls, she said. In a 2017 article published by ESPN, Sports Performance is a "perennial power... he helped start the Junior Volleyball Association, merged its national championship with the AAU's in 2010, creating a mega event that lures thousands of teams and earns millions of dollars."
"He's one of the top junior volleyball coaches in the nation and brings a lot of money," Powers-Barnhard said. "That money is creating a situation where they won't take him out and that's sad because they're saying money is more important than the safety of these young players."
Butler's attorney, Stanker says the allegations of the lawsuit are "absolutely false, maliciously motivated and are being made for the sole purpose of defaming Rick Butler and the AAU."
First Coast News has reached out to the AAU, but the organization declined to comment.
On May 9, a judge dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice due to an inconsistency. It reads: "[Powers-Barnhard] asserted that her claims are not based on alleged acts or omissions during the time when she was a minor. [Powers-Barnhard's] Complaint, however, purports to assert claims that are based on alleged acts or omissions when [she] was a minor."
The judge dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice, giving Powers-Barnhard until May 29 to fix any inconsistencies and re-file the lawsuit, something she said she plans to do.
"No one was there for me," Powers-Barnhard explained. "I am doing anything that keeps somebody away from a little girl or gives voice to a little girl then it means something to me and I'll keep doing it."