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Burger case dismissed

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 18:03:36-05

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — A Charlotte man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager 40 years ago had his case dismissed on Monday.

Last week, 75-year-old Joseph Burger and his attorney failed to appear before Judge Julie O’Neill for a probable cause conference in Eaton County’s 56A District Court in Charlotte.

That conference was rescheduled for Dec. 23, but was dismissed on grounds that the statue of limitations had expired.

Burger was charged with criminal sexual misconduct for assaults that allegedly took place between 1978 and 1984 in Charlotte.

The Eaton County Prosecutors Office filed a motion on Dec. 16 to dismiss the case based on the date of offenses, age of the victim, and the fact that they have no information that Burger left the state at any point.

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