Investigating sexual and alcohol-related allegations in an anonymous letter to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will enable a former Marietta Middle School basketball and running coach to make a second appearance in Marietta Municipal Court next week.
Crystal Dawn Burke, 41, of 6625 State Route 60, Lowell, appeared in Marietta Municipal Court Monday to read the six charges brought against her.
“Today wasn’t even a preliminary hearing, it was just reading the indictment and finding a lawyer” said Joe Derkin, an associate attorney with the Washington County Attorney’s Office.
Derkin said the investigation into Burke is ongoing and may bring further charges later, but that preliminary charges against Burke were brought on Saturday following a preliminary investigation.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Det. Sgt. Robert McKee opened an investigation into the 41-year-old basketball and running coach on Friday, reviewing allegations of sexual relationships with several 14- and 15-year-old boys and the care for these children with alcoholic beverages.
Derkin clarified that Monday’s Marietta District Court report finding corruption on petty charges was false.
However, he stated that a minor’s corruption is also a criminal offense, often caused by allegedly providing a minor with alcohol or illegal drugs.
“They are completely different fees” Derkin said. “The fees haven’t changed, but the coding of how these fees were recorded got confused. All six charges against her are currently unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. “
Burke’s bond was set at a total of $ 7,000, according to the Washington County Jail, which continued to retain custody of Burke as of Monday.
Next, Derkin said, Burke will be called to a preliminary hearing in the local court.
“A preliminary hearing is supposed to determine if there are enough probable reasons to bring you to court before a grand jury.” he said.
Typically, at preliminary hearings, when a probable cause is established, cases are tied to the jurisdiction of the Washington County Common Pleas Court.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Burke admitted on Saturday to having had sexual relations with several teenage boys at 103 Woodcrest Lane, Marietta. a house off Ohio 26; and other locations in Washington County.
“She trained this group of boys” stated Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. “In (20) 18, 19, 20 she left the school system last February. She wasn’t training at the time when all of this happened, but she knew her from there. “
According to the Mincks detective agency, at least five young people were provided with alcoholic beverages in the Woodcrest Lane house at the end of 2020.
“Then she had sex with some of them” said Mincks. “We were contacted with the concern from an anonymous letter, so our detective agency conducted an investigation and spoke to the boys … they confirmed.”
Burke’s bond terms also include sobriety from alcohol and drugs, mental health and addiction treatment from a local service provider, and no entry into a business that sells alcohol.
Michele Newbanks contributed to this story.
Janelle Patterson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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