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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, December 22, 2011 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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(515) 725-6189 - office

New Albin Man Charged with Sexual Abuse and Lascivious Acts

Allamakee County (Waukon), Iowa – On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 32 year old Joshua Burke, an Allamakee County resident near the town of New Albin, Iowa, was charged with one count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree (Class C Felony), and one count of Lascivious Acts with a Child (Class C Felony).

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation conducted an investigation upon receiving a report that an inappropriate internet chat room message had been exchanged between Burke and a minor female.  During an interview with DCI agents, Burke admitted to having physical contact with two minor females from Allamakee County.

Criminal Complaints: Sexual Abuse, Lascivious Acts

Joshua Burke is employed as a school bus driver for Eastern Allamakee Schools.  He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Joshua Burke, 32 yrs.

Burke was booked into the Allamakee County Jail in Waukon, Iowa on December 21, 2011. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.  Burke was transferred to the Fayette County Jail on December 22, 2011.

The investigation is being conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and the New Albin Police Department.

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the suspect is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

For questions, contact SAC Robert Winchell at 563-585-2990.

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Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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