John J. Burton – Repeat Sex Offender

A Lebanon man has been arrested for sexually assaulting his neighbor after binding her in a filthy camping trailer on Monday.

John J. Burton, 44, was charged today with eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, one count of aggravated battery, and one count of unlawful restraint.

The victim, who is about 60, had gone to Burton’s house in an unincorporated area near Lebanon after he asked for help with his dog around 1 a.m. Monday. The woman, who is a dog groomer, never returned.

A criminal complaint filed today says Burton lashed the woman with his belt, tied her up with rope and tape, and then began the sexual assault.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, the woman’s worried son and the neighbors headed to the nearby house where they believed the woman had gone. After searching through a series of crumbling old barns on the property, they found and rescued her in a nearby camping trailer tucked behind some trees off Scott-Troy Road.

Burton is a registered sex offender. He has previously been convicted of criminal sexual assault.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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