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Newly-elected Georgetown City Councilman charged with sexual conduct with a minor

Sheldon Amonda Butts (Source: Georgetown Police) Sheldon Amonda Butts (Source: Georgetown Police)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Georgetown High School teacher and newly-elected councilman in the City of Georgetown has been charged for sex crimes with a child.

Sheldon Butts turned himself into police on November 7 after a four-week long investigation.  Butts faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine if he's convicted of his charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The charge is described as committing or attempting a lewd act with a victim under 16 years of age.

Ray White with Georgetown County Schools says Butts has been placed on administrative leave with pay following this arrest. 

Butts has been at Georgetown High since August 2015, listed as an instructional assistant, according to White. 

The GCS website says Butts worked in Special Education and Transitional/Resource Studies and also coached the JV Girls Basketball team.

However, Captain Nelson Brown with the Georgetown Police Department confirms that the victim in this case was not a student at GHS, but he would not comment further on the investigation at this time.

Butts also recently won one of the three open city of Georgetown Council seats this past Tuesday. Butts received 901 votes to secure himself the third and final seat in the race.

The city's mayor spoke out Monday saying he hopes the accusations aren't true.

"I've known him now for a couple of years, and I'm very stunned and surprised at the charges," Mayor Jack Scoville said. "Every body I know is hoping very much they'll turn out to not have any basis, and he'll be fully exonerated."

Butts' first appearance before a judge is set for January 2016.

His lawyer released this statement saying, "Mr. Butts denies any inappropriate conduct...I have instructed him not to make any statements, and he is following my advice. He looks forward to being exonerated. He looks forward to serving the citizens of the city of Georgetown."

Butt’s was released on $20,000 bond Friday, less than three hours after being booked in to the Georgetown County Detention Center.

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