Christian Burks convicted of being a ‘mass sexual predator’

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Christian Burks (above in this photo provided by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office) was sentenced to 41 years in prison this week.

One Ohio The man described by prosecutors as a “mass sexual predator” was sentenced to prison for the next several decades. Christian Burks28 years old, sentenced to a minimum of 41 years in prison this week, according to Cuyahoga District Prosecutor’s Office.

Court records shows that sentencing occurred after prosecutors and Burks agreed to a settlement that resulted in a plea to five counts of rape, four counts of kidnapping, two counts of kidnapping and several counts of kidnapping. domestic violence and theft.

“Christian Burks was a cunning rapist who preyed on many women,” Cuyahoga District Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley told Law & Crime on Friday. “This serial sexual predator deserves the next 41 years in prison.”

A grand jury indicted Burks on 25 counts last April, including eight counts of rape, seven counts of kidnapping, six counts of imposing rough sex and several counts of kidnapping. domestic violence, theft and credit card abuse.

According to the court, he initially pleaded not guilty to all charges but, facing more than 100 years in prison, changed his mind earlier this month.

Burks will now be required to register as a sex offender and pay $200,000 in court costs, according to court documents.

The charges stem from six incidents in which Burks is accused of raping, assaulting, kidnapping or robbing victims. According to prosecutors, in those three incidents, Burks posed as an Uber driver to pick up his suspicious victims.

Authorities said he first attacked on October 22, 2017, when he picked up a 21-year-old woman waiting for her Uber outside a bar. After posing as her driver, prosecutors claimed that he kidnapped and then sexually assaulted the woman.

More than a year later, Burks sexually assaulted a second woman, according to prosecutors. On December 9, 2018, he also allegedly attended a house party where he sexually assaulted a 20-year-old victim, who was lying down in one of the rooms. Prosecutors say the woman repeatedly asked Burks to stop and he ignored her pleas.

The last four incidents all occurred over a six-month period in 2020, beginning with the second attack in which Burks allegedly was an Uber driver.

Prosecutors said on May 24, 2020, a woman booked an Uber outside a Cleveland bar with a male friend. The couple stopped at a gas station so the man could buy water. That’s when Burks is said to have fled in his car with the women. Prosecutors claimed that Burks eventually released the girl at his home, but only after he asked her to hand over his credit card. According to court documents, Burks then used those stolen cards to make purchases.

Three days later, a verbal argument between Burks and a female acquaintance became physical, according to prosecutors. Burks is said to have become intimate with a 24-year-old victim by forcing her into his car not once but twice. Authorities said the second occurred after the woman tried to exit Burks’ car while he sped down Interstate 90.

Prosecutors said the fifth victim was sexually assaulted multiple times in the back of Burks’ car on the night of November 15, 2020. The 21-year-old had been out with his friends but had separated from the group, prosecutors said. She also begged Burks to stop, but prosecutors said he again ignored the victim’s pleas.

The last incident occurred on December 14, 2020. Two friends booked an Uber, but one of the women was not found when it arrived. Prosecutors say the 22-year-old was tricked into Burks’ car, where she was sexually assaulted and then dumped her body at an East Cleveland motel while Burks fled the scene.

Cuyahoga District Judge Joan Synenberg presided over the sentencing hearing this week.

Burks, a father of four, told the court he didn’t remember any of the events because he was dependent on drugs and alcohol at the time, according to court documents.

He later apologized to the victims and their families – as well as his own.

Judge Synenberg said: “There is nothing the victims did that make them responsible for what happened to them. “I hope they can free themselves any space you take up in their heads.”

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James Brien

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