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Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 9:09 am | Updated: 12:31 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

A 55-year-old Columbia Falls man has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of children after an online sting in which a detective pretended to be a 13-year-old girl.

Alan Burke allegedly had several sexual conversations with the detective, calling himself a “dirty-minded old man,” and eventually tried to meet in person.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          20 comments:

          • MrLaffs posted at 6:27 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

            MrLaffs Posts: 158

            ...and to think I almost sold him my van!

             
          • heavystone posted at 3:46 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

            heavystone Posts: 10

            I understand that what he thought he was doing is criminal and terrible. I also kinda understand 'Mom''s point too. In the lame example of a drug dealer, the drug dealer actually did sell drugs (just not to a "user" as MtnLvr says).

            In this case, did he ever even correspond with a minor? I see the potential for an entrapment defense there. Sadly, the easiest way to surely convict these creeps is after the damage is done.

            Partyer, I got a grin at your poke of the MollyCoddlers. +1

             
          • photoguy posted at 7:16 pm on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            micmren,

            I didn't say one way or another whether I like the comments, I am stating what my opinion is based on what I have read and exercising my ability to comment as well. I will add, if you believe what you have read in a newspaper are fact, then you have a ways to go, if you don't like what I have to say, then don't read my comments.

             
          • micmren posted at 10:07 am on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

            micmren Posts: 182

            Photoguy- said "The only facts that count are the ones that are presented in court and read into the record. I am not defending this person or any person accused of a crime, I am saying the way our system is set up, is you are innocent until a jury of your peers says you are guilty and people always seem to forget that."

            You are absolutely right. However, we are basing our opinions on the information presented to us. Only the defendant knows for sure what he did and why he did it. Even a trial won't give us all the facts of the case (there's always something suppressed). We're just stating our best opinions based on the facts presented to us. If you don't like that, you shouldn't read the comments at all.

             
          • photoguy posted at 9:13 pm on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            miapia,

            As I said, if you don't like it, then do something to change it, it is what we have at this time, but we do have the ability to change it.. Now of course we could let you do the wild west justice, then we could use the same court system on you? Sound like fun?

             
          • miapea posted at 8:12 pm on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

            miapea Posts: 134

            Photoguy says to let the courts do their job.....Now that's the funniest thing i have heard all day!!!

             
          • photoguy posted at 5:47 pm on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            micmren,

            The only facts that count are the ones that are presented in court and read into the record. I am not defending this person or any person accused of a crime, I am saying the way our system is set up, is you are innocent until a jury of your peers says you are guilty and people always seem to forget that.

            Every single case that pops up in the Flathead in the news paper is taken as gospel, let the court do its job, if you don't like the system, then change it, but right now, it is what we have.

             
          • micmren posted at 8:29 am on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

            micmren Posts: 182

            photoguy I think Momto5 is just stating her feelings about people who do things like this. I don't think she's suggesting a course of action in this mans case. I think, despite the lack of a written confession and based instead on what I'm told are the facts, the man did something wrong. Unless he finds some lovely attorney to help him wiggle out of it he'll do some time in jail just not near enough. If anything, I think that justice in the Flathead Valley is slow and often lacking altogether. There are too many bad people getting away with way too much.

             
          • photoguy posted at 5:21 pm on Tue, Sep 4, 2012.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            Momto5,

            I would agree, they should, once he has his day in court and is convicted, you people based your assumption of guilt on a newspaper article? Remember in the USA, you are innocent until proven guilty by a jury of your peers, of course that is unless you live in the Flathead Valley, then you are guilty, until you prove yourself innocent!

             
          • Momto5 posted at 4:12 pm on Tue, Sep 4, 2012.

            Momto5 Posts: 26

            What a pig! People like him should be taken into town square and beaten to a pulp! Disgusting.[sad]

             
          • Fast posted at 5:10 pm on Mon, Sep 3, 2012.

            Fast Posts: 248

            John at the town pump in CF said this guy had the ten commandment on his truck doors.

             
          • Partyer posted at 10:25 am on Mon, Sep 3, 2012.

            Partyer Posts: 684

            Hey, play nice, keep it down to "stupid moron", please. LOL
            Mr. Burk here needs some makeup and crocodile tears, maybe could pick up a supportive following, offers for loving homestyle rehabilitation, etc.
            But seriously, I too wonder if there could be an entrapment loophole here. I don't have a lot faith in justice happening.

             
          • mom posted at 8:28 am on Mon, Sep 3, 2012.

            mom Posts: 629

            You farkin dorks, I know he's a creep and I know he thought he was communicating with a little girl and I hope he gets the book thrown. I'm just not sure it's the same as if he actually DID anything to a little girl, there is a difference. I bet he ends up with a lot less punishment than suggested. And I can't be on his jury or any other because my brother is a policeman

             
          • mtnlvr posted at 8:01 am on Mon, Sep 3, 2012.

            mtnlvr Posts: 36

            @mom Sexual communications with an officer who he thought was a young girl, so if your a drug dealer and you sell to an undercover are you not guilty because they weren;t really drug users????

             
          • Pequot posted at 7:59 am on Mon, Sep 3, 2012.

            Pequot Posts: 525

            Sure hope people like mom don't end up on a jury. This creep THOUGHT he was communicating with a 13 year old girl with the intention of enticement into illicit acts. Surely if you're a real mom you can't approve of his alleged actions. Wake up to the fact it can be a devious and brutal world to those who are innocent and ignorant.

             
          • Pequot posted at 7:53 am on Mon, Sep 3, 2012.

            Pequot Posts: 525

            This nice old man couldn't be guilty. Look at his friendly face. Thanks DIL for letting us see what these predators look like.

             
          • mom posted at 9:38 pm on Sun, Sep 2, 2012.

            mom Posts: 629

            But those were young men, not old ones. The article said he had sexual communications with the detective, nothing about talking dirty to any young girls.

             
          • MWAC posted at 11:59 am on Sun, Sep 2, 2012.

            MWAC Posts: 36

            Wait, I guess he's out. Great. MFer. Yes, he communicated in a sexual manner, according to the article...

             
          • MWAC posted at 11:51 am on Sun, Sep 2, 2012.

            MWAC Posts: 36

            @mom, don't you remember the 12 year old girl that took off with the two men from CA earlier this year? Of course it happens. Sadly. Glad that one more of these disgusting people are behind bars. So vile. My kids (13 and 9) don't have online accounts for just this reason. :(

             
          • mom posted at 9:49 am on Sun, Sep 2, 2012.

            mom Posts: 629

            I don't understand how a dirty old man thinks a 13yo girl can actually be enticed into a willing relationship such as described. Does it really happen?
            I'm not sure he actually committed a crime, though. Did he ever communicate in a sexual manner with a minor?
            I hope parents are monitoring their kids' online activities as well as I do.

             

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