The State of Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles affirmed Danny Paul Burge's sentences for one count of sexual battery, and one count of molestation of a juvenile on Feb. 6, 2013.
The State of Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles affirmed Danny Paul Burge's sentences for one count of sexual battery, and one count of molestation of a juvenile on Feb. 6, 2013. Burge appealed sentences imposed after he pled guilty in Vernon Parish in 2007. The charges occurred in Evans, but there were additional charges with the same victim in Beauregard and Calcasieu Parishes. Burge was 66 years old at the time, and the victim was 12 years old. He was retired from the Beauregard Parish Police Jury. Burge served as a deacon at the church the victim and her family attended. He asked her parents about coaching her for softball in the summer of 2007, and saw her daily. Burge and the girl traveled to New Mexico together on a mission trip in his vehicle, and this is allegedly when the touching that progressed to sexual offenses began. The offenses continued in his truck, his home, and at church. The defendant's wife became suspicious, separated from him, and communicated with the young girl's mother. Burge allegedly told the parents he loved the girl, and was told not to speak to her anymore. He continued to meet with the girl, and a restraining order was obtained in 2009. Burge was arrested in Beauregard Parish on charges of sexual battery and molestation of a juvenile on June 3, 2010. He was arrested in Calcasieu Parish on 25 counts of sexual battery and 25 counts of molestation of a juvenile. The information was forwarded to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, which resulted in more charges. Burge was charged in 2011 with five counts of sexual battery of a child under 15, and five counts of molestation of a juvenile, for acts that occurred in 2007. He pleaded not guilty on Sept. 6, 2011. He entered pleas of guilty on Feb. 3, 2012 to one count of sexual battery, and one count of molestation of a juvenile. At the plea hearing, the defense and prosecution agreed to a sentence of eight years on the sexual battery charge, and 10 years with two years suspended on the molestation charge, with sentences to run concurrently. Burge was serving an eight year sentence on convictions based on the same charges with the same victim in Beauregard Parish. The same charges with the same victim were pending in Calcasieu Parish, while the remaining Vernon Parish charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. The trial court sentenced Burge to 10 years at hard labor, without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence on each change. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine on the molestation charge. The trial court ordered the sentences run concurrently with each other, but consecutively to sentences Burge might serve in other parishes. Burge filed a motion to reconsider his sentences, but was denied. He appealed stating the sentences were excessive. The Third Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed Burge's sentences.