La Plata Man Sentenced to 25 years for Sexually Abusing Vulnerable Teen

September 13, 2018
Calvin Julius Burgess, 35, formerly of La Plata

Calvin Julius Burgess, 35, formerly of La Plata

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Calvin Julius Burgess, 35, formerly of La Plata, to 25 years for Sex Abuse of a Minor.

Covington, commenting on the Court’s sentence said, “The Court’s sentence puts a predator behind bars where he should be. I firmly believe that no one in our great County will find fault with the Court’s sentence. This predator, by his actions, earned everyday he will have to serve.”

On May 30, 2018, after a 2-day trial and less than 30 minutes of deliberation, a Charles County jury found Burgess guilty of the aforementioned charge.The evidence at trial revealed that on June 16, 2017, officers spoke with the victim in La Plata. The victim disclosed to officers that she was involved in a sexual relationship with Burgess while she was under 18 years old. Burgess, who served as a father figure to the victim, had begun manipulating the victim – who was particularly vulnerable – for years with inappropriate behaviors. The behaviors included cuddling with the victim, rubbing her legs, and showing the victim affection for Burgess’ own benefit and sexual gratification. This eventually escalated to Burgess engaging in multiple sexual acts, to include intercourse, with the victim.

The victim revealed to her mother the sexual nature of the relationship after her 18th birthday. Her mother and sister then alerted the police. The victim’s account of the sexual relationship was corroborated by text messages that were sexual in nature with Burgess, as well as Burgess’ confession to the sexual acts.

During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman told the judge, “The defendant is a master manipulator. He knows his audience and he will say whatever he needs to say to fit his agenda. Mr. Burgess, by his own admission, knew this victim was in a vulnerable state and exploited his position of trust. The level of harm in this case is excessive. This didn’t just affect the victim, but the entire family unit. Master manipulators are the most dangerous kind of sexual predators. That is what Mr. Burgess is.”.

Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier said at sentencing, “My reaction to all of this is just, wow. Mr. Burgess, you are a narcissist in the first degree. The court finds that a sentence of 25 years is appropriate in this case. This child will need counseling for the rest of her life and all her future relationships will be affected by this trauma. Was this a blood and guts case? No—but that doesn’t mean that your actions were not heinous.

Calvin Julius Burgess, 35, formerly of La Plata

Calvin Julius Burgess, 35, formerly of La Plata

15 Responses to La Plata Man Sentenced to 25 years for Sexually Abusing Vulnerable Teen

  1. Anonymous on September 13, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Please don’t put him in protective custody, he needs to be in general population with all the other inmates.

  2. Charlene on September 13, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Prayers! For all the victims of sexual abuse and other crimes in La Plata.

  3. Nick on September 14, 2018 at 6:47 am

    25 years is not enough.
    Should get life with no parole.

    • Pookie the Crackhead on September 17, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Honorable Amy strikes again!

  4. Deb on September 14, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Hurray for the judge!!!

  5. Anonymous on September 14, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Hopefully he gets killed in prison. Or raped daily.

    • JoJo Potatos on September 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Raped, killed and raped again. Then stuffed in a live-box, to feed some hungry crabs. Finally! He will become useful to society.

  6. Anonymous on September 14, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Its easy to arm chair quarterback from behind the anonymity of a keyboard. My self included. Not condoning or excusing actions at all and Caesar must be given what is do Caesar, but social justice haters and judgment need to stop and be left to the professionals, and let justice take it’s course.

    • Maximus on September 17, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Why do you keep posting this garbage about Caesar? Its stupid. And didnt justice take its course? So what is the point? We need to not judge and wait for justice? Sure, but doesnt that sentiment belong way before he is accused, tried, and convicted? No one is jumping to conclusions, these are all opinions of his guilty verdict/sentence. Go away

    • SnowflakesGonnaSnowflake on September 18, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      The snowflake has spoken. GTFO you loser pos.

  7. Little Dookie on September 17, 2018 at 7:59 am

    And yet Big Dookie remains eerily quiet. Wonder if he is still in jail?

  8. Anonymous on September 17, 2018 at 8:22 am

    So they admit the victim will have a life sentence of mental issues yet they won’t sentence this turd to a life sentence for his actions. I am happy to see he will be 60 when he gets out but it is disappointing that he will get out at all. Hopefully by 60 he will be impotent or he will do this again.

  9. Anonymous on September 17, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Too bad they put chomos and rapists in protective custody.

  10. Christy Ann Ity on September 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    A message to the victim: you should be able to decide, all by yourself, when you’re 18, if the suspect is to remain in jail. At least once every 3 months, the victim should be given the opportunity to get the suspect out of jail. Too bad the victim can’t just have restitution.

    • See Tann Ist on September 20, 2018 at 7:54 am

      What if there are multiple victims? Do they each get a vote? And what about his future victims? Do we pray for guidance about who those might be and ask them for their views? Or do we wait until he assaults them and ask them at that point? What about society? Do we get consulted? After all, he’s committed a crime against all of us by violating the laws that are supposed to govern all of our conduct. Do we get a vote? Oh, wait, we do! Through our elected representatives, we’ve voted to impose laws and sentencing requirements that keep him in jail, whatever his victims may want.

      Please stop trying to think; it’s just not working out for you. Just go back to feeding your 30 cats and watching those episodes of Sally Jesse Raphael that you taped on your VCR.