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Winston Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Burkhert, Dennis

WINSTON, Ore. — Deputies in Winston say a man has been arrested for sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl for the last four years.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the girl’s mother reported the abuse on Saturday.

After investigating, deputies arrested 63-year-old Dennis Burkhert for first degree sexual abuse. They say Burkhert knew the victim but wouldn’t elaborate on their relationship.

Deputies say it’s important to always take tips of this nature seriously, no matter how young the victim is.

“There are some mandatory reporting requirements, if they come by that information, but absolutely the mother did the right thing by reporting it to us,” said Dwes Hutson, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies are still investing whether there were any other victims involved.

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