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Lake Wales Man Arrested & Charged With Violently Raping Girl Under 18

 

Lake Wales, Florida – A 52 year old Lake Wales man has been arrested after being charged with violently raping a teenage girl, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.

Edward Burke was taken into custody Monday by Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies. The deputies were called to a home in Lake Wales in regards to an alleged sexual assault that occurred around 1:40 am.

According to the affidavit, Burke allegedly used a knife to the neck of the teenage victim. He allegedly force sexual acts on the victim. Then he tied the victim up and continued to violently assault the victim. The victim is over the age of 12 years old, but under 18.

The victim was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center and after exam it was confirmed that victim had injuries and tearing of both the vagina and anus, according to the affidavit.

Burke allegedly admitted to hurting the teen in a phone call. When questioned by deputies Burke allegedly advised he didn’t remember everything that happened the night before but was “not going to call [redacted] a liar”.  Deputies were able to obtain several pieces of material evidence including a knife allegedly used in the assault.  

Burke was booked into the Polk County Jail and after first appearance $50,000 bail was awarded. It is unknown if he has made bail at this time. 

 

 

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