GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — On Oct. 23, 40-year-old Adam Burke, the school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a student at Caprock Academy, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in the position of trust, a class 4 felony.
Burke’s currently in custody on a $150,000 cash-only bond and a no-contact order with children under the age of 18. Dan Rubinstein, Mesa County’s District Attorney, said the judge will pick a number between 2 and 6 years in the Department of Corrections that could go up to his natural life. Burke may be paroled, but he would be on parole for life. He is required to register as a sex offender.
Rubinstein tells me they will complete a pre-sentence investigation report, and Burke will undergo a psychosexual evaluation to determine whether or not he is at high risk of re-offending. Once that is finished, sentencing will begin.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2024. That will be the date that both sides will make their argument as to what the appropriate sentence should be. The judge will make the decision and the sentence will begin effective immediately
Caprock Academy’s head of school, Andrew Collins, said Burke’s actions were appalling. Collins said that Caprock has spent time reviewing what could have been done differently. He tells me further communication with students and staff is paramount, Collins wants students and staff to feel comfortable reporting inappropriate behavior.