Thursday, June 21, 2012

Milford woman sentenced for falsely accusing man of rape

Milford Woman was sentenced to jail and probation for crimes that included falsely accusing a man of sexually assaulting her.  Kaileigh Burkert, age 18, of Milford, previously plead guilty to false reports to law enforcement and theft by unlawful taking.

In September 2011, Burkert told the Pennsylvania State Police that Gregory Landix of New Jersey had entered her residence in Dingman Township uninvited and proceeded to physically assault and rape her. Burkert provided the Pennsylvania State Police with written statements containing these allegations. The next day, Landix was charged with burglary, simple assault, stalking and trespassing by the police.

Pursuant to local rule, the Pike County District Attorney's office must approve criminal complaints which charge an individual with rape and other serious sexual offenses.

The District Attorney's Office requested further investigation.  During the course of the subsequent investigation, Landix provided State Police with evidence of text messages between himself and Burkert. These messages revealed that Burkert invited Mr. Landix to her Pike County residence and desired to engage in consensual sexual activities.

After being confronted with this evidence, Burkert admitted that she did not tell the police the truth.

The Pike County District Attorney's Office immediately withdrew the burglary, simple assault, stalking and trespassing charges against  landix.

State Police charged Burkert with false reports to law enforcement.

Assistant District Attorney Sarah Wilson stated that "Ms. Burkert's outrageous false statements have affected Mr. Landix monumentally, as well as cost law enforcement valuable resources of time and money in pursuing this false accusation. Our office will continue to pursue criminal charges against individuals making false accusations such as these."

Burkert failed to appear for her preliminary hearing on the charge of false reports to law enforcement and warrant was issued for her arrest. While absconding from the court, she stole several checks from her mother, also of Dingman Township.

Burkert was arrested on a bench warrant in March 2012. She served 115 days incarceration in the Pike County Correctional Facility.

At sentencing, Burkert was given credit for her time incarcerated and will be on parole for 18 months to be followed by an additional year of probation. She is ordered to pay a fine of $600.00.