Cave City police arrested a level 3 sex offender from Fulton County July 25 for allegedly growing marijuana in his girlfriend's closet.
Jerry K. Butler, 41, of Mammoth Spring is charged with possession or use of drug paraphernalia to plant, grow or manufacture; and possession with intent to manufacture, both felonies. He is also charged with second-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.
Cave City Officer William Penn responded to a call from Judith Lamer about 12:45 a.m. on Blackstone Street. Lamer told Penn that Butler had been "roughing her up all night" and had pushed her, struck her in the eye and kicked her in the legs, Penn said.
Lamer said Butler had gotten mean after drinking all night and she called authorities after he passed out, Penn said. She said she had been afraid to call police.
"Ms. Lamer was in a state of fear indicating that he had been in prison and was not afraid to hurt anybody that might send him back there," Penn said, adding that Butler had allegedly told Lamer he would lie to police and tell them she had been having a sexual relationship with her son.
Lamer told Penn that Butler had marijuana plants growing in the house along with drug paraphernalia in a cooler, Penn said. She gave officers permission to search the house.
Penn found Butler naked on a bed in the home. He told police he had been drinking and said "yeah" when he was asked if he struck Lamer, Penn said. There was evidence of a struggle inside the house, Penn said. Butler was arrested and placed in custody at that time.
During the search of the home, officers found a fluorescent light suspended over two containers holding marijuana plants in a closet of the home,?Penn said. One five gallon bucket held four small plants while the other container held two plants, he said. Inside a cooler, officers found: a modified light bulb with burnt residue, two packages of rolling papers, a wooden pipe with burnt residue, six small bags of marijuana, two insulin syringes and other items,?Penn said.
"He (Butler) also stated that he would have to go back to prison because she (Lamer) could not keep her mouth shut," Penn said.
Butler was taken to the Sharp County Jail where he asked for an attorney. At the time of his arrest he was on parole.