Registered sex offender caught with missing Sacramento teen

Officers arrested a registered sex offender near Fisherman’s Wharf on Saturday evening after discovering him with a missing 15-year-old Sacramento girl, according to San Francisco police.

Sacramento police reported the girl missing Thursday, and her picture appeared on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Web site.

But it was the teenager’s uncle whose hard work led to her recovery. He spent Saturday putting up flyers throughout The City, and the next day someone recognized the girl from the picture and called police.

Officers picked her up at about 5:30 p.m. near Beach andJones streets, according to police Sgt. Neville Gittens. Officers arrested Butler at the same time on suspicion of two charges of unlawful sex with a minor.

Gittens said the girl met with Anthony Butler through a late-night telephone party line. Police said Butler then took her south from Sacramento. The 31-year-old man is a registered sex offender, Sacramento police Officer Konrad VonSchoech said, but he does not appear on the Megan’s Law sex-offender registry.

The spokesman added that police have not decided whetherButler would be charged in Sacramento as well.

“That all depends on what crimes were committed and where,” VonSchoech said.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has yet to review the case, spokeswoman Bilen Mesfin said.

VonSchoech said the girl’s father drove to San Francisco and took her home.

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