A former Massachusetts police officer has been indicted on rape charges.
Brian Butler, a veteran officer and the husband of the city's police chief, Mary Butler, is accused of raping a young man who was in police custody on Halloween. He resigned after charges were brought against him.
Wednesday, the Essex County District Attorney's Office confirmed the 56-year-old suspect had been indicted by a grand jury.
"Like many in our community, I am surprised and deeply saddened by the allegations made against Officer Brian Butler," Mayor Kimberly Driscoll said in a statement after the accusations came to light. "While the incident is still under review, there is no doubt that this is a serious issue involving his conduct as a police officer while on duty."
Prosecutors say Butler took a drunk man in his 20s into custody after flooding a Salem hotel room with water. That man was not arrested, but kept in a booking area.
The victim told police he was afraid to say no because he was in protective custody.
Mary Butler said she was saddened by the allegations and would be taking some personal time off.
Brian Butler is due to be arraigned on rape and indecent assault and battery charges at Salem Superior Court on Dec. 15.