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.


cletus26 2 years, 8 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


babygirlgrz420 2 years, 9 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....


jayhawk72 2 years, 9 months ago

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


puddleglum 2 years, 9 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


moot 2 years, 9 months ago

WTF! 20 years for sending text messages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a joke. If he raped the kid then I can see him being sentenced to 20 years. Now we have to pay for him to live the easy life in prison with our tax dollars. Also learn how to use a VPN idiot.


Ewok79 2 years, 9 months ago

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


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