LIBERTY — State Police arrested a Casey County man Wednesday, who had been closely tied to the Galilean Children’s Home for more than two decades, for allegedly raping an intellectually disabled woman who is a resident of the home.
Michael E. Burt, 62, of Liberty is charged with 10 counts of first degree rape of someone incapable of consent who is physically helpless and 20 counts of first degree sodomy of someone incapable of consent who is physically helpless with serious physical injury. A press release from State Police Post 15 in Columbia states the alleged crimes took place between June 2011 and May 2012.
Burt pleaded not guilty to the charges during arraignment Thursday in Casey District Court.
Galilean Home founder and director Jerry Tucker said the victim was one of his adopted daughters who is now in her 30s but has an intellectual capacity similar to that of a 7-year-old. He said Burt had been employed at the home for 22 years until he was fired last month for making inappropriate comments to other residents of the home, which is located on South Fork Church Road in southern Casey County.