Convicted rapist charged in rape of woman in Tacoma

A convicted rapist has pleaded not guilty to charges he picked a woman up in Tacoma and raped her in the back seat of his vehicle.

Jethro Butcher, who also goes by the name Jethro Cho, was charged Wednesday with first-degree rape and attempted first-degree robbery. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Phil Sorensen ordered Butcher, 30, jailed in lieu of $2 million bail.

Police said the woman Butcher is accused of attacking was walking north on Pacific Avenue South early Friday when he stopped and offered her a ride.

The woman agreed and got inside the car.

Butcher allegedly pulled into an alley, locked the doors and pulled out a knife. He then demanded money from the woman, police said, and when she said she had none, he ordered her into the back seat and raped her.

As the woman pleaded with Butcher not to hurt her, “the defendant said he does this every once in a while and it gets him off,” according to charging papers.

The woman was able to escape out the back door but struggled with Butcher over retrieving her leggings. She eventually left them and ran for help to a nearby fire station.

A witness told police she saw the woman run for help and a man briefly follow her while pulling up his pants. The witness directed officers to where she last saw the man.

The man, later identified as Butcher, was arrested after telling police he was in the area to meet a girl.

Police said they recovered a steak knife and latex glove believed used in the sexual assault. A box of latex gloves was found in Butcher’s vehicle.

This is not the first time Butcher has been accused of rape.

In 2009, he pleaded guilty to two incidents in Lakewood and University Place and was convicted of third-degree rape and second-degree assault. Records show he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.