Archive for Wednesday, July 20, 2011

28-year-old Lawrence man pleads guilty to sending explicit texts, photos to 12-year-old girl

July 20, 2011, 2:15 p.m. Updated July 20, 2011, 3:46 p.m.


A 28-year-old Lawrence man admitted Wednesday to sending sexually explicit text messages and photographs to a 12-year-old Douglas County girl in March and is expected to face 20 years in prison.

Willie J. Burtrum

Willie J. Burtrum

Willie J. Burtrum pleaded guilty to attempted electronic solicitation of a child, and attorneys said as part of the plea deal he agreed to serve 247 months in prison.

Amy McGowan, a chief assistant district attorney, said prosecutors had evidence that Burtrum was in Lawrence on March 19 and sent the messages to the Baldwin City girl he was acquainted with.

“The photographs and texts were of a sexually explicit nature,” McGowan said.

Police arrested Burtrum after an investigation.

Attorneys said Burtrum faces the 20-year sentence due to his past criminal history. He would also be required to register as a sex offender.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss misdemeanor charges related to a 2010 domestic incident. District Judge Sally Pokorny is scheduled to sentence Burtrum Oct. 3.

Pokorny revoked his bond on Wednesday.


Ewok79 6 years, 8 months ago

He's gonna make some lonely inmate a nice lil girlfriend, LOL. That's good keep creeps like him on the street.

Ewok79 6 years, 8 months ago

Opps! typo, "keep creeps like him OFF the street"

somebodynew 6 years, 8 months ago

If I remember correctly it had a pic, but even if it didn't the article said the sentence was based on PAST criminal behavior. Something tells me this is not his first rodeo.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 8 months ago

Twenty years, with some luck he'll get what's coming to him sooner than that. If not, 20 years sounds good to me. Of course, 50 years sounds even better.

puddleglum 6 years, 8 months ago

not gonna be his last either....ever seen broke back mountain? he's gonna get to play the lead role with that long purty hair

Robert Rauktis 6 years, 8 months ago

Do you people use capital letters in your bridge graffiti?

trollkiller 6 years, 8 months ago

It's OK SFBayhawk, we realize you're a little slow and you don't get it.

jayhawk72 6 years, 7 months ago

Put all sexual offenders in Alcatraz and drop food rations down on them once a month. They'll eventually kill eachother off.

babygirlgrz420 6 years, 7 months ago

He deserves to go to prison i know him personally and if the law knew have the stuff he has already committed then i think this is a appropriate sentence. He is a very disgusting man!! hopefully he never makes it out....

Reuben Turner 6 years, 7 months ago

I hope that he really gets hard time. too many grown folks out here for grown men to be preying on little girls; just disgusting

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