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Ex-phone sex convict in court on burglary charges

June 8, 2007

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— A man convicted more than a decade ago of breaking into homes to call phone sex lines was back in court this week after allegedly breaking into a female acquaintance's home and climbing into bed with her.

Robert F. Dwerlkotte Jr., 38, tried to talk the 32-year-old woman into having sex and held her down for a few minutes before leaving, said Detective John Moore. The woman called police after he left, Moore said.

He appeared in court Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated burglary, aggravated sexual battery, lewd and lascivious behavior and attempting to flee and elude.

Dwerlkotte also faces a June 25 court appearance in a separate case of residential burglary for allegedly going into the home of a different acquaintance on Jan. 26.

Detective Thad Pickard said Dwerlkotte was discovered by a 15-year-old girl when she came home.

Dwerlkotte was convicted in 1990 for aggravated indecent solicitation of a child and in 1993 on three counts of residential burglary, court records show.

In the burglary cases, Dwerlkotte would break into homes of people on his newspaper route who he knew would be out of town, said Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder.

He would use the residents' phones to make calls to 900 numbers, then take dirty sheets when he left, later leaving them washed and folded on a nearby porch, Schroeder said.

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