PTR filed on convicted sex offender after mug turns up on dating site
SALINE CO.—Authorities have confirmed that a petition to revoke has been filed in the case of convicted sex offender Shannon Burton, 40, Carrier Mills.
Burton is the woman who was accused in July 2009 of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old boy following a game of ‘truth or dare,’ something that seems to be the thing for homely women to do with underage kids in that area of Saline County (see current issue back-page story, ‘Syrup girl’).
Burton took a plea in August of last year, and was sentenced in November. However, she received the equivalent of a slap on the wrist from liberal Judge Walden Morris—four years probation, even though Saline County Assistant State’s Attorney, Eva Walker, argued strenuously for time in DOC, not only to show Burton that what she did was wrong, but to set the tone for others, male or female, who might be inclined to do the same.
Part of Burton’s sentence was that she NOT be on the computer, and NOT posting on social networking sites. She had been found trolling MySpace over this past summer ‘chatting’ with a boy who claimed to be 18 but who looked all of 15. She was NOT to have a profile on any such site and was prohibited from getting on the Internet at all.
Then late last week, someone brought it to the attention of the authorities that he had seen Burton on an obscure dating site. Sources indicate that the man was asked to come to the state’s attorney’s office and show them; he did, and up popped Burton’s face and profile, trolling again for ‘companionship.’
In response to this, Walker, who handles sex crimes for the county, filed a petition to revoke Burton’s probation, on two bases: that she had started up another social networking profile, and that she had been online at all, both of them prohibited as terms of her probation….and which apparently didn’t last but a matter of weeks.
Whether Morris will revoke the probation, or order another wrist slap, remains to be seen. We may know by the next print version; be sure and pick one up, Feb. 9.
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