Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?
NFdL teacher in court on sex assault charges
By Sharon Roznik
The Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Cash bail of $5,000 was established Tuesday when high school teacher Michael Burman made his initial appearance in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.
Burman, 35, an English teacher at Horace Mann High School in North Fond du Lac, was formally charged with 10 counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff and 10 counts of child enticement.
Newly appointed District Attorney Michael O’Rourke had requested that intake Judge Robert Wirtz set cash bail at $25,000, noting the severity of the crime.
Burman, of Oshkosh, also a track and cross country coach at Horace Mann, is accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a female student who was 17 years old at the time and a senior at Horace Mann during the 2005-06 school year and again, recently, when the former student returned to the area, according to a criminal complaint.
Garbed in an orange jail jump suit, Burman was represented in court by attorney Raymond Edelstein of Oshkosh, who cited his client’s ties to the area as a homeowner and married man with no prior criminal history.
“He has taken the necessary steps to obtain counseling and has the support of his friends and family,” Edelstein told the court.
O’Rourke argued for higher bail, citing the defendant’s apparent attempt to “cover his tracks” by sending the former student his statement (to police) and asking her to delete e-mails exchanged between the two.
Wirtz ordered that the defendant have no contact with the former student, now 18, and living in Georgia, or with Horace Mann High School.
If convicted as charged, Burman faces more than 300 years in prison on the 20 felony counts.
Boy, I'm glad Wisconsin has a constitutional amendment to protect the sanctity of marriage. Damn those homosexuals!