Charges Against Butturinis Could Be Dropped

Loudon County (WVLT) The charges against a Loudon County couple accused of contributing and serving alcohol to underage people, could be dropped.

This morning in court, as part of a pre-trial deal, the prosecutors and attorneys for Jack and Kathrine Butturini agreed to pre-trial diversion.

According to prosecutors, if the Butturinis stay out of trouble, the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor will be dropped on June 1st of 2008.

The Butturinis claim the underage drinkers were trespassing in their home and they did not provide alcohol to anyone underage during the May 12th party.

The 12 underage people caught drinking at the after-prom party were all given plea deals.


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  • by Insider Location: West Knoxville on Apr 6, 2008 at 10:36 PM
    Martial arts america is the "new" school for the Butturini's. The only change is that Jack has chosen to protect his assets by putting the new school in his son's(Robert)name but still collecting money. It seems as though nothing has changed and the lack of values is still evident in their "teachings". The only thing that the Butturini's teach is how to make a check out to themselves. I am astounded at the lack of responsibility that the Butturini's have and choose to blame others for their misfortune but if you look into their past you will see that Jack's wife has a previous DUI herself and now he has chosen to move to Farragut and God help us all if he gets into trouble here because he may blame the town of Farragut for his troubles. A man of his background and skill has tainted the martial arts community and he should be ashamed to call himself a black belt because a TRUE black belt imbodies all the values and character they are taught.
  • by thomas Location: knoxville on Oct 14, 2007 at 05:27 AM
    What does everyone think about Mr. Butturini's new creation Martial Arts America? It seems Mr. Butturini has gotten up a fresh, new web site, or is it really the same domain name as before? I believe it is JBAK.net which I believe was originally an acronmyn for Jack Butturini American Karate. I glanced at his new website, but I did not see his name...it may be there somewhere, I looked fast. It did seem as though he was referred to as The Grand Master. If I'm not mistaken, the testimonials used on his web page seem to be the tired worn out statements given by at least some of his friends. I believe I have seen some the same quotes given by the same people over the past 6 years. I guess Mr. Butturini's comments to the Sentinel about bankrupcty being all about giving a fresh start hold true. Apparently he is able to open up yet another studio, albeit without his name. Apparently he is also able to get a website to promote the same. If charges are true, should he prommote values to kids
  • by thomas Location: knoxville on Sep 23, 2007 at 11:30 PM
    I think its soo funny how people will talk real big behind a made up name. Are you all afraid to stand behind what you say. Its really easy to talk bad about someone you dont know when you hide behind names like ditto and truth seeker.
  • by Ditto Location: knoxville on Aug 16, 2007 at 04:02 PM
    I believe Mr. Butturini's new school is call Martial Arts America. Funny how the business has changed it's name in light of the recent scandal.
  • by truth seeker Location: knoxville on Aug 16, 2007 at 05:20 AM
    So Martial Arts of America is having it's grand opening Sat. Aug. 25. I believe this is Mr. Butturini's school. I find it interesting that he has chosen a "new" name for his business, and has left his name out it. I believe one of the quotes he has used for at least the past few years goes something like this: building rock solid kids since 1978. Still, the question remains, does he uphold the same values he purportedly stresses to his students? I believe the prosecution against the butturini's has been set aside pending their meeting conditions set forth in the diversion. Hasn't it been reported that a neighbor complained about the loud parties being held at least twice before the prom party fiasco? Hypothetically, how does a "so- called" leader not know what's going on in his own house, and if the neighbors could hear the noise, then how could a courteous man of integrity not hear anything? Wasn't is also reported that there were beer cans and bottles strewn all over? Yuck!
  • by in search of truth Location: knoxville on Aug 14, 2007 at 01:05 AM
    I believe the alleged offending party posted a sign on his door claiming that "charges had been dropped," and that, if i may paraphrase, you all knew it all along( of there supposed innocence). What did the Asst. District Attorney really say about this. Johnson also noted "the prosecution is not over; it has been set aside," indicating an intent to pursue these cases should the conditions of the diversion not be met. However, as stated in the joint release, Johnson said he "felt the outcomes of all these cases were consistent and appropriate." So is the alleged offender being forthright about what appears to be his self exoneration? That's not what I get from Mr. Johnson's remarks. The truth is out there, but there will always be those "kool-aid" drinkers who will believe what they want, even if the event was recorded on video. A hypothetical question: would you want someone who touts teaching honesty, integrity and good citizenship to your child, to be the complete opposite
  • by josh Location: Knoxville on Jul 25, 2007 at 01:23 PM
    This is GREAT news. The Butturini's are a wonderful family and did not deserve any of this. I hope the Loudon County and Lenoir City Police department pay for what they did to this Great family and Community Leader.

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