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‘Mommy PI’ detective Christopher Butler pleads guilty to 7 felonies

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The co-star defendant in a sex-and-drugs scandal that rocked law enforcement in Contra Costa County pleaded guilty Friday to seven criminal counts and will await sentencing Sept. 11 for what could be 10 to 14 years in prison. As his friends and family watched, Butler removed his coat and tie and was taken into custody by U. S. marshals after his hearing in an Oakland courtroom. The former cop and would-be reality TV star, whose “Mommy P.I.” detective agency in Concord was on the cusp of a cable deal at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to felonies that included meth and marijuana distribution, extortion, theft, conspiracy, robbery and illegal wiretapping.

Add: Butler’s alleged partner-in-crime, and the other key figure in the case, former senior narcotics officer Norman Wielsch, who has pleaded not guilty, is also said to be in plea arrangement talks with prosecutors. Another figure in the scandal, former San Ramon police officer Louis Lombardi, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison. Contra Costa Times; Chronicle

Image: That’s Butler (far left) during an appearance on the “Dr. Phil” show with his former “PI Moms,” a scam largely cobbled together as a concept to sell to television.
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