School janitor charged for sexual intercourse with minor

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Posted on December 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 21 at 10:10 PM

FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV) – A janitor in the Festus School District has been charged with first degree statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with a child less than 14 years of age.

Michael E. Burgess, 47, was arrested after the Festus Police Department began an investigation on December 17.

Burgess was an evening janitor at the lower elementary school, but police say the victim was assigned to another building.  The suspect was a friend of the victim’s family.

The victim recently made statements to her parents who then had the child evaluated at a hospital.

Police officials state that the alleged incidents occurred during the summer of this year and were not on school property.  The police are interested in speaking to any parent whose child may have had inappropriate contact with Burgess.

Burgess’ attorney says the allegations are “unfounded” and “scandalous.”

 

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