Keesler Air Force airman arrested for rape of teen www.privateofficer.com
BILOXI, MS April 27 2012 A 23-year-old Senior Airman was arrested on Wednesday for one count of statutory rape, video recording a child under the age of sixteen, engaging in sexually explicit conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said, Senior Airman Michael Burl, who met the teen online, was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois before moving to Biloxi in March.
According to officials at Keesler Air Force Base, Burl was “temporarily assigned” at Keesler Air Force Base as a training student.
Authorities found out about Burl after receiving a tip from Biloxi Regional Hospital concerning a teen under the age of 16, who was reportedly sexually assaulted on Monday.
After an investigation, officials carried out a search warrant at the Country Inn and Suites, where Burl was staying. Officials said Burl could face more charges pending the Jackson County Grand Jury.
If convicted he faces 30 years maximum on one count of statutory rape, 40 years maximum for child pornography and one year for each count of contributing to the delinquency of a child in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
He is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center. His bond was set at $127,000.