Accused child molester claims religion as defense, Good 4 Utah

A Davis County judge will determine if an accused child molester is competent for trial.

Timothy Butler will be in a Farmington courtroom this afternoon.

Butler has told the judge he wants to represent himself in the case, but the judge wants him to get an attorney.

From March of 2008 to 2011, prosecutors say Timothy Butler is accused of molesting two children and providing harmful materials to those kids.

One of the crimes is still under investigation.

While in an interview with the Layton Police Department, Butler admitted to the crimes.

During his first hearing butler told the judge he was innocent.

He went on to claim religion as a defense telling the judge “the bible did not set limits on the ages between two partners ” and that God will set the truth free.

“I’m thinking about getting a lawyer who might know a little bit more than me but i’m kind of going by my faith in God and the truth will come out and that’s what i’m going by,” said Butler.

A mental evaluation has been conducted.

The findings will be released this afternoon.

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