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Former Jacksonville police officer convicted of attempted sexual battery, sentenced to 20 years

He is required to enroll in sexual assault counseling, and not have any unsupervised contact with anyone under 18. He will also have to adhere to a curfew.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Officer Matthew Butler was sentenced to two decades behind bars Wednesday during a sentencing hearing.

The former local softball coach pleaded guilty a day prior to attempted capital sexual battery charges, according to court documents.

In addition to being sentenced to 20 years in prison, he will also have 20 years of probation once he gets out. Judge Anthony Salem said he will be deemed a sexual predator. 

The survivors of the assault were minors at the time

After probation, Butler is required to enroll in sexual assault counseling, and not have any unsupervised contact with anyone under 18. He will also have to adhere to a curfew.

Mitch Stone, Butler's attorney, said his client maintains his innocence but will not appeal his sentencing. 

While First Coast News does not typically identify child victims, one survivor is coming forward with permission of her parents to help inspire other survivors to speak out.

Olivia Williams, 15, told First Coast News that a weight was lifted off of her when Butler was deemed guilty. She said no matter how long it takes to get justice, it is worth it in the end. 

"If you haven't said something, and you haven't spoken up, speak up now because it's important," Olivia said. 

She said survivors of assault should feel like they can come forward and tell their stories.

The State Attorney says the two counts of attempted capital sexual battery against Butler, are against two separate victims spanning two different timeframes. 

A third charge involving a third victim was resolved and incorporated into the plea agreement.

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