A sex offender has now been charged with using the 11-year-old girl he allegedly abused to create pornography. According to the Platte County Sheriff’s office, Charles Burge, 35, was located after an investigation by Homeland Security into the “Lexie Series” which were a collection of 140 images showing four years of abuse of the young child.
The Kansas City resident now faces charges of statutory rape, sexual exploitation of a minor, enticement of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child. Burge was reported convicted of rape in Arkansas in 1996 and is also on probation for failing to register as a sex offender.
He is being held on a $500,000, cash-only bond.
A prior sex offender has been charged with creating child pornography of a girl he allegedly abused. Charles R. Burge, 35, of Kansas City was charged on October 4 with first degree statutory rape, sexual exploitation of a minor, enticement of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said the investigation began with a request to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from a foreign law enforcement agency to help identify a series of child pornography images known as the “Lexie” series.
According to court documents, investigators with the Department of Homeland Security in Boston began attempting to identify the victim in the images in March.
The “Lexie” series consists of approximately 140 images which chronicle approximately four years of abuse of an 11-year old female. The images had been altered using Photoshop or a similar program to hide things in the images that might reveal the perpetrator’s identity or location.
After an extensive investigation by Homeland Security agents from Boston and Kansas City, authorities were able to identify the victim in the photos as a girl living in Platte County.
Law enforcement authorities ultimately served a search warrant at a Kansas City residence in Platte County on October 3.
Burge and the girl depicted in the photos were both present at the residence. Investigators also found numerous items were found by law enforcement that matched backgrounds in the “Lexie” series.
The State’s complaint against Burge alleges he was convicted of rape in Arkansas in 1996. He is currently on probation in Platte County for failing to register as a sex offender.
Burge has been charged as a predatory sex offender, which carries a mandatory life sentence. He is currently being held on $500,000.00 cash only bond.
The case is being investigated by Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Western Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Chris Seufert and Blake Sherer.
The charges against Burge are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.