Dustin B. Burke

Dustin B. Burke

All told, a Nixa man faces two criminal indictments and a total of 28 counts

Dustin B. Burke, 33, faces 10 felony charges among a pair of indictments filed in May and June of 2019. He’s accused as a result of incidents that happened in a Nixa home on North Rockingham Avenue in December 2018.

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed felony charges of three counts of first degree sodomy, an unclassified felony, and seven counts of third degree child molestation with a child less than 14 years of age, a class C felony against Burke. 

Burke is also accused of first degree violation of a child protection order, a class A misdemeanor, and three counts of second degree sexual abuse. Second degree sexual abuse is a class A misdemeanor under Missouri law.

Burke was arrested June 6, according to court documents. He was held on a $100,000 bond, which was posted in full on June 7.

A probable cause statement written by a Nixa police officer describes an interview conducted by staff of Child Advocacy Council with a girl under the age of 14. The girl described Burke crawling into bed with the girl, holding her, groping her and attempting to get the girl to touch him. The girl allegedly told investigators that Burke had similar contact with her twice before.

“She said the first time it happened, she just thought Dustin was ‘out of it’ and he ‘did not mean it,’” the police officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

The girl came forward by telling her mother. A police officer later questioned Burke about the incident. Burke allegedly told police that the girl was having some issues with her grandfather. “He said he came home from a night of drinking and wanted to show her some affection,” the probable cause statement reads.

Burke reportedly told police he knew that the girl did not like the way he had crawled into bed with her and how he was holding her, “so he left to sleep in his office.”

In a separate case, Burke is accused of 14 counts of violation of an order of protection for an adult, a class A misdemeanor. Burke was arraigned May 24, and posted a $10,000 bond in the protection order violation case.

Online court records show that Burke pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in 2016. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and served two days in jail on a suspended execution of sentence order. He was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation, completed his assigned education programs and paid all court costs and fines in full.

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