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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Quapaw Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing a Child Under 12

A federal judge found a Quapaw man guilty Monday of sexually abusing a child under 12 years of age in Indian Country, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

Wilkie Bill Burtrum, 60, was convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor under 12 in Indian Country and with abusive sexual contact with a child under 12 in Indian Country.

“Wilkie Burtrum was a very real danger to children. Today he was convicted of child sex abuse for the second time in his life. He previously spent 14 years in prison for sexually abusing two children, and my office will be asking that he now spend the rest of his life in prison,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “No child should ever suffer at the hands of a pedophile nor endure abuse in silence. Along with the Quapaw Tribal Marshals Service and Miami Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office commends this young victim for his courage to come forward to report these horrific crimes.”

Burtrum abused the victim between August 2018 and October 2019. The prosecution contended that the defendant paid extra attention to the victim and offered him special privileges in order to gain the child’s trust. During the time the defendant and victim were together, Burtrum purposefully touched the victim sexually both over his pants and under his clothing. The child eventually confided in a relative then his father. The father immediately reported the crimes to authorities.

During the trial, the prosecution introduced into evidence a 1993 sexual abuse conviction, establishing a pattern of behavior by the defendant.  In that case, Burtrum served 14 years in prison for four counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Indian Country with children under 12. An additional victim testified Monday about abuse he suffered at the hands of Burtrum approximately five years ago. He recently came forward to report the crime.

U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell presided over the trial and set sentencing for June 25, 2020.

The Quapaw Tribal Marshals Service and Miami Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shannon Cozzoni and Scott Proctor are prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Project Safe Childhood
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Updated March 16, 2020