May 2021: Sentenced to four years imprisonment and will be subject to the sex offenders’ register’s notification requirements for an indefinite period.

April 2021

Pervert undertaker assaulted boy he met while organising family funeral

An undertaker groomed and then indecently assaulted a child he met while organising the funeral of one of the boy’s relatives.

Andrew Butcher, 44, struck up a friendship with the boy’s mum.

He invited the boy to his home and played a ‘tickling game’ with him, before performing a sex act on the child.

He told the boy not to tell anyone, and the abuse only came to light many years later when the boy – now a grown man – revealed the incident during a row with his partner.

When questioned, Butcher, of Chetwynd Street, Wolstanton, denied the allegations and said the relationship with the boy was entirely innocent.

But a jury at Stoke-on-Trent crown court today convicted him of two charges of indecent assault on a male and gross indecency with a child.

Prosecutor Antony Longworth told the court: “The boy was vulnerable. He was a teenager.

“Butcher let the boy know that he was gay.

“The prosecution case is in the course of the friendship Butcher invited the boy’s mum to bring the boy over to his house in Chesterton to spend some time with him. The boy was left there by his mother.

“Butcher persuaded the boy to take part in a tickling game in the living room. They were tickling each other and Butcher placed his hand over the boy’s private area over his clothing.

“The boy was led upstairs by Butcher where the defendant undressed himself and the boy and the prosecution case is that Butcher engaged in oral sex with the boy.

“Following this incident the boy did not really see Butcher again.

“The boy only says he was abused on that one occasion.”

Judge Paul Glenn adjourned the case so a report can be prepared on the defendant. Butcher was placed on the sex offenders’ register on an interim basis and his bail was extended.