Butler County man charged with sex assault of baby

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A Butler County man was arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a 6-month-old girl.

State police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause that Stephen Batchelder, 33, of Butler, admitted to inappropriately touching the baby girl he was babysitting in 2002 or 2003 in part because living with his actions was "like a recurring nightmare."

Troopers wrote that Mr. Batchelder's actions came to light this year, when he confessed to a longtime girlfriend. That woman contacted the girl's mother and police eventually intervened.

The affidavit says Mr. Batchelder also "went into detail" with his girlfriend about interactions he had with the 6-month-old girl's sister but it does not expand upon what those actions included.

Investigating troopers could not immediately be reached Wednesday afternoon to comment on the case. They wrote in court paperwork that Mr. Batchelder said he "has a sexual addiction and needs help."



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