Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges

Oconee Man Held on $350,000 Surety Bond

Emily Gill
February 18, 2020 - 4:30 pm

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Released by the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man late last week on multiple Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor charges related to an investigation that began last year.

44 year old Danny Ray Burdette was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:47pm Friday. 

Danny Ray Burdette

Burdette has been charged with six counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 1st Degree, seven counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 2nd Degree, one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Third Degree and one count of Kidnapping.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address in Walhalla the evening of June 30th, 2019 in regards to reports of a sexual assault that had previously occurred at other locations in the county.

The Department of Social Services was contacted as well and the victims were in a safe location away from the suspect when the sexual assault was reported to the Sheriff’s Office last June.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.  As the investigation proceeded and evidence was gathered in the case, it was determined that Burdette had sexually assaulted the victims, two males, beginning in 2013 and ending in the summer of 2019 at locations in Walhalla, Seneca, Mountain Rest and Westminster, from which the 13 CSC with a Minor – First Degree and CSC with a Minor - Second Degree charges stemmed.

The charge of CSC with a Minor – Third Degree and Kidnapping stemmed from an incident with a separate male victim that occurred in May of last year. 

At this time, Mr. Burdette remains in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $350,000 surety bond on his charges.

A check with the Sex Offender Registrar from the Sheriff’s Office indicates that Mr. Burdette is currently not on the Sex Offender Registry.

Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation and in order to preserve its integrity and that of the victims, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any further information at this time, including the victim’s names and any other information that could potentially identify the victim’s in any way.

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