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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 05:59 PM
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Former Okla. sheriff convicted of rape, bribery
Source: Associated Press

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) -- A former Oklahoma sheriff was convicted of second-degree rape and bribery Saturday in a case that accused him of coercing sex from female inmates and drug court defendants.

A Major County jury convicted former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess on 13 felonies, including five counts of second-degree rape and three counts of bribery by a public official. He was acquitted of 23 other felony counts that included second-degree rape, forcible sodomy and rape by instrumentation.

The jury recommended Burgess serve 94 years in prison. He is to be sentenced March 24.

Prosecutors alleged Burgess, 56, used his position as a member of a team controlling a drug court in Custer County to sexually coerce defendants.

Burgess had pleaded not guilty and his attorney maintained the accusers were either lying or that the women consented to sex.

Under state law, an inmate cannot legally consent to sexual relations with a jailer or anyone else who controls the conditions of the prisoner's confinement. Defense lawyer Steve Huddleston contended that drug court defendants were controlled by a judge, not Burgess.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SHERIFF_CHARGED?...
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John Q. Citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 06:12 PM
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1. I'm glad that Major County looked backward to do justice. Now people can move forward.
Edited on Sat Jan-17-09 06:13 PM by John Q. Citizen
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 06:49 PM
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2. Notice they don't mention that he's a REPUBLICAN. n/t
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sheldon Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 07:17 PM
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3. Burgess is a registered Democrat
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 07:51 PM
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4. Then it's all lies! n/t
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keroro gunsou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 07:57 PM
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5. further proving my point
being a horny idiot is an equal opportunity, non-partisan character flaw.
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 10:58 PM
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9. Why do I get the feeling you deliberately set that statement up
so that someone would point out the sheriff was a Democrat?
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-09 05:26 PM
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10. Yep. That's me. I hate Democrats. I'm busted. You like, totally nailed me...


I'll have to sell my car now that the gig is up.

That just sucks, man.


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Hulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 08:42 PM
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6. Am not surprised.
Is Oklahoma.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 09:38 PM
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7. K&R GOOD!
I'm sick of these people getting away with rape, abuse, murder and other abuses. Why are there not more stringent criteria for people that go into law enforcement? You'd think with the amount of bad ones out there that they would be more strict with who they hire and train for this kind of work.
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 10:52 PM
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8. Too bad this wasnt Sherrif Joe getting busted.
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