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Sex abuse suspect out on bail

Posted: February 8, 2012 - 1:01am

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A Juneau man awaiting trial after being charged with 100 counts of sexual abuse of a minor was released on bail last week.

Court documents show that the mother of Joshua D. Burger posted the $500,000 cash bail, and Burger was a released to a court-approved third party custodian on Jan. 30.

The district attorney’s office originally charged Burger, 36, last April with one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, an unclassified felony. A few days later, Burger was indicted by a grand jury with 99 more counts. The charges stem from incidents over a four-year period from November 2003 through December 2007.

Burger pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in May of 2011. His trial has been pushed back several times, but is now scheduled to begin April 16, 2012.

Originally from Massachusetts, the Princeton grad moved to Juneau in 2003 to work for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, court documents show. On Tuesday, an APFC spokesperson said Burger was hired on Nov. 14, 2003 and stopped working there on May 31, 2011. Citing personnel matters, the spokesperson could not comment on Burger’s employment status.

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