I’ve been doing this a long time and thought I heard it all but this may be the most disturbing scandal. Investigators say Channing Butler tried to pay other men to have sex with patients in a memory care facility and videotape it. Butler pleaded not guilty to six counts of soliciting to commit sexual assault. Prosecutors say one of the men he tried hiring to do it came forward and an investigation into Butler’s email accounts revealed his plot. Police say Butler was letting people into the Bickford Senior Living Center all summer. He allegedly was trying to get them to have sex with memory care patients and return with taped evidence.
Butler’s potential victims had “profound” memory problems. It was also revealed Butler knew and worked with people from several senior care facilities in the area. Besides working at Bickford, the sheriff’s office says Butler used to work at the Champaign County Nursing Home. Administrators at Helia Healthcare confirmed he also used to work there. Former coworkers say he worked at C-U Nursing and Rehab for awhile and family members of patients say Butler was employed at the Autumn Fields Assisted Living Community, in Savoy; a total of five locations in Champaign County.