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Niagara Falls man charged with raping 3 women

A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to an indictment that accuses him of raping three women and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Anthony L. Butler (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Anthony L. Butler, 37, of Niagara Avenue, is charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two counts of predatory sexual assault and one misdemeanor charge of violating a restraining order against one of the women.

Two of the rapes occurred this year, on May 9 and 12, Assistant District Attorney Robin P. Day said. The other dates back to Feb. 15, 2011.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III set bail at $75,000 for Butler, who is already a Level 3 sex offender for having sex with a 12-year-old girl in Rochester in 2001. He served three years in prison for second-degree rape.

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