Sheriff Mike Burgess charged 'using inmates as sex slaves'

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Sheriff Mike Burgess charged 'using inmates as sex slaves'

Postby KC » 25 Apr 2008, Fri 6:07 pm

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ARAPAHO, Okla. - Authorities have charged a western Oklahoma sheriff with coercing and bribing female inmates so he could use them in a sex-slave operation run out of his jail.

Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess resigned Wednesday just as state prosecutors filed 35 felony charges against him, including 14 counts of second-degree rape, seven counts of forcible oral sodomy and five counts of bribery by a public official.

Burgess, the top officer in the county of 26,000 since 1994, appeared in court Wednesday was released after posting $50,000 bail.

A message left at Burgess' home Thursday was not immediately returned.

Among other things, Burgess is accused of having sex with a female drug court participant who was in his custody. The crimes are to have occurred between October 2005 and April 2007.

A federal lawsuit filed in October claims Burgess told one drug court participant he would have her sent to prison if she didn't comply with his sexual demands.

The lawsuit, filed by 12 former inmates, alleges the sheriff's employees had them engage in wet T-shirt contests and offered cigarettes to those who would flash their breasts.

One prisoner alleged she became a jail trusty with more freedom after agreeing to perform a sex act on Burgess, but lost that status when she later refused.

Burgess also faces two counts each of sexual battery, rape by instrumentation and subornation of perjury, and one count each of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses, indecent exposure and kidnapping.

He could be sentenced to 467 years in prison if convicted on all counts, special prosecutor James Boring said, though a lesser sentence would be more likely.


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Postby WaTcHeR » 31 Jan 2009, Sat 4:21 pm

FAIRVIEW, Okla. -- 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.

"I didn't think he was guilty of anything," Huddleston said after the verdict. He said he expected Burgess would appeal the convictions.

Special prosecutor Mike Boring called the verdict important, saying: "This kind of action cannot be tolerated in our society."

Burgess was convicted of rape charges involving two female drug court defendants, one of whom alleged he had sex with her on multiple, separate occasions at a motel. Burgess was convicted of sexually assaulting her in his car after arresting her on a drug court violation, but acquitted of the charges related to the motel incidents.

During the trial, Burgess's stepdaughter, Jodi Stanley, had testified that he had neck surgery in mid-January 2007 and was limited physically during the week after. One of the women who claimed Burgess forced her to have sex had testified that Burgess went to her hotel room in Clinton asking for sex around that same period.

Several female offenders testified they feared they would be sent to prison if they did not provide sexual favors to Burgess. One woman testified she and Burgess had sex two to three times a week over 14 months.

Huddleston said the women were hoping a verdict against Burgess in criminal court would translate to a payday for them in a civil case.

The evidence against Burgess first surfaced in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of 12 former jail inmates alleging sheriff's employees had them engage in wet T-shirt contests and offered cigarettes to those who would flash their breasts.

The trial was moved from Custer County to Major County because of intense media coverage. Fairview is 73 miles from the Custer County seat of Arapaho and 120 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.



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Postby WaTcHeR » 25 Mar 2009, Wed 3:52 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A former western Oklahoma sheriff was sentenced to 79 years in prison Tuesday for using his power over female drug court defendants to force them to have sex with him.

Former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess, 56, apologized to two victims but maintained that he was innocent of allegations that he had also abused others. Defense attorney Steve Huddleston described the sentence as "way too harsh" and said an appeal is planned.

A jury in Major County found Burgess guilty in January of 13 felony counts, including five counts of second-degree rape. But jurors acquitted him of 23 other counts, including second-degree rape, forcible sodomy and rape by instrumentation.

Prosecutors alleged that Burgess sexually abused inmates and drug court defendants; he had been a member of a team controlling a drug court. Several female offenders testified that they feared they would be sent to prison if they did not provide sexual favors to him.

Burgess was convicted of rape charges involving two female drug court defendants, one of whom alleged that he had sex with her on multiple occasions at a motel. Burgess was convicted of sexually assaulting her in his car after arresting her on a drug court violation, but he was acquitted of the charges related to the motel incidents.

The jury that convicted Burgess had recommended a sentence of 94 years.

"I think it was harsh in the sense that he won 23 of the 36 counts," Huddleston said.

"It's basically a life sentence. I don't think it calls for a life sentence," he said.

Special prosecutor Mike Boring said he was satisfied with the sentence but regretted not obtaining convictions on the other counts.

"In the long run we're satisfied," Boring said. "The clear message is that if somebody chooses to engage themselves to act in a capacity with the public, they take on the incumbent responsibility to engage in that public service with duty, integrity and honesty, to do what is right to those over whom they have charge."

Burgess also was fined $15,000. Allegations against him surfaced after a federal lawsuit was filed against him on behalf of 12 former jail inmates in 2007.
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Postby WaTcHeR » 25 Mar 2009, Wed 3:53 pm

Sheriff Burgess will be fucked up his ass everyday for the rest of his life, this is true justice!
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