FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A 53-year-old resident of Hillsborough who served as a youth minister - found guilty of 3rd degree Prohibited Participation in a Youth Serving Organization in June following his conviction last year on a related sexual assault conviction that involved a 15-year-old girl - has been sentenced to five years in a New Jersey State Prison, which is to run concurrently with a sentence he is serving in Middlesex County, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Shawn Butler was sentenced on Sept. 20th..

Butler was prohibited from participating in youth serving organizations in.New Jersey following his conviction last year, but had continued to do so after that conviction, according to Robertson..

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Butler violated this law by participating in a youth ministry at a religious center in Franklin Township as a youth counselor, youth mentor, and youth chaperone. The children that he counseled, mentored, and chaperoned were between the ages of 12 to 17 years old. Butler worked with these children by supervising and mentoring them at various youth ministry events/activities including overnight camps, concerts, outings, and youth groups, Robertson said.

In November, 2018, A Superior Court jury in Middlesex County found Butler guilty of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey. During his trial that began on Oct. 30, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Carver presented evidence and testimony that Butler improperly touched a 15-year-old girl in South Brunswick, and at his home in Hillsborough on several occasions between March and June of 2014.

Butler was found guilty May 21st of this year of 3rd Degree Prohibited Participation in a Youth Serving Organization.

Assistant Prosecutor Kim Savino-French represented the State during the trial and sentencing. The sentencing was before the Honorable Kevin M. Shanahan.