Mike Burgess, the sheriff of Custer County, resigned from the position he held since 1994 after 35 felony counts were filed against him for allegedly running a sex slave operation at the jail he worked at. He will appear in court for 14 counts of second degree rape, seven counts of forcible oral sodomy and five counts of bribery by a public official.
The sheriff surrendered to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation against. He was released from custody after posting $50,000 bail.
Burgess is accused of demanding that a female drug court participant in custody have sex with him, or else he would send her to prison.
12 other former jail prisoners have also accused the sheriffâ€™s employees had them participate in wet t-shirt contests and gave cigarettes to prisoners who flashed their breasts. One prisoner even claimed that she had received more freedom after agreeing to have sex with Burgess, but later lost her privileges after she refused.
Burgess also has two counts of sexual batter, rape by instrumentation and subornation of perjury, in addition to one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses, indecent exposure and kidnapping.
If convicted on all 35 counts, Burgess could be sentenced 467 years in prison.
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