October 22, 2020

Lagrange man charged with child molestation and statutory rape

(Franklin, GA) — A Lagrange man is facing charges of Child Molestation and Statutory Rape resulting from two separate incidents involving the same teenage girl during the last two years.

18-year-old Dakota Burke of Lagrange was arrested by local authorities Wednesday and is still behind bars at the Heard County jail.

Dakota Burke (Photo: Heard County Sheriff's Office)

Dakota Burke (Photo: Heard County Sheriff’s Office)

According to a report by lead Investigator Sgt. Dan Boswell of the Heard County Sheriff’s Office, Burke is accused of the sex crimes involving a local female in her early teens.

Burke allegedly had sexual intercourse with the girl when he was age 17 and she was age 13 resulting in the charge of felony Statutory Rape.

Under Georgia law, anyone who engages in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 can face charges for statutory rape, even if the other person consents to the act.

The second charge of Child Molestation occurred when Burke allegedly sent a male masturbation video electronically to the same girl when he was 18 and she was 14.

No bond had been issued as of Friday afternoon and the investigation is still ongoing.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further information as it becomes available.



  1. Not proven guilty yet!!!! But he was not living at pine grove way he way living in hogansville with his grandmother when this occurred

  2. Stacie Burke says

    He has not been proven guilty yet, but he was not living at address above when this allegedly happened He was living with his grandmother and his 13 year old sister at Jenny d. Lane, Hogansville, ga.

  3. Jennifer&Crystal says

    This is bullshit!!!! His late father was family to us and i won’t go without speaking my opinion on his behalf….girls these days are very sexually active these days and if she consented then its not a crime….she is just as guilty as he is apparently her parents just can’t accept that there little girl is promiscuous….that being said Dakota Burke we have your back on this one because our angel Joey Rhodes would bust hell wide open to get you home and free of these charges…

  4. JenAndBooBooMcVey says

    This is bullcrap!!!! He should not be charged when the girl was apparently playing a part and consenting like alto of 13 year Olds these days…his late father would bust the jail wide open to see to it that Dakota was dismissed from these bogus charges like child molestation are you kidding me….Dakota we have reached out to all the family on your daddy’s side hopefully they can help you out cause they dont go for their people being wrongfully charged

  5. Carolyn Scase Campbell says

    Keep him locked up and throw away the key. Who cares if she was “willing” he knew better. He deserves what he gets.

  6. According to the details of this news article,on the charge of child molestation, why wasn’t Burke charged with a misdemeanor, considering the Romeo and Juliet provision of O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4? I checked the Georgia Department of Corrections Offender Search website and learned that Burke was sentenced to 15 years on the child molestation charge. This is obviously not a misdemeanor sentence.

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