'Dirty DUIs' private investigator gets 8 years

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Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:02 AM
'Dirty DUIs' private investigator gets 8 years

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The disgraced former police officer in Northern California's sensational "Dirty DUIs" and stolen drugs scandal has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Federal prosecutors in Oakland say 51-year-old Christopher Butler pleaded guilty on Tuesday to seven felony counts related to drug dealing, framing drunken drivers and operating a Pleasant Hill brothel disguised as a massage parlor.

The San Francisco Chronicle (bit.ly/Qx9QFV) reports that the former Antioch police officer-turned-private investigator longed for fame, money and a starring role in his own television reality show.

Butler's 2010 Lifetime show "P.I. Moms of San Francisco" featured a crew of female detectives tracking down and videotaping cheating husbands. Prosecutors say Butler orchestrated the men's drunken driving arrests after he was hired by ex-wives.

Defense lawyer William Gagen says Butler's ego overpowered good judgment.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com