Massachusetts officer pleads not guilty to rape

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Salem police officer who is the husband of the city’s police chief has been held on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting a man in a station closet.

Patrolman Brian Butler was arraigned Wednesday on charges of rape and indecent assault and battery.

Prosecutors say the 56-year-old Butler assaulted an intoxicated man who had been taken into protective custody in the early morning hours of Oct. 31.

Butler’s attorney says the encounter was consensual. But authorities say the man was too scared to say no because he was in police custody.

Butler is on paid administrative leave.

Police Chief Mary Butler is taking voluntary leave. She said outside court that the alleged actions of her husband should not “reflect badly” on the department.