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Bond reduced for man accused of indecent exposure

by Susan Bromley

December 01, 2010

A Grand Blanc man accused of indecently exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl at a Brandon Township campground had his bond reduced and will be allowed contact with his own children.

During a preliminary exam conference Nov. 29, 52-2 District Court Judge Joseph Fabrizio lowered the bond for Curtis Burkhardt to $10,000 and will allow the 43-year-old father of three who has served as a volunteer youth leader at the First Baptist Church of Grand Blanc to have supervised contact with his children. A tether was also ordered removed.

Curtis Burkhardt, 43, was arraigned on a felony charge of indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person on Nov. 22 in front of 52-2 District Court Magistrate Elizabeth Chiappelli. At that time, his bond was set at $25,000 cash surety, no 10 percent. He was outfitted with a GPS tether after being released on bond and ws to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, including his own children.

According to police reports, on Aug. 12, Burkhardt took two 11-year-old girls to the Clearwater Campground, 1140 S. Ortonville Road. He did not have prior approval from their parents. Burkhardt also took along his own three children, ages 10, 7 and 5.

While traveling from Grand Blanc to the campground, Burkhardt had a sexually toned conversation with one of the 11-year-old girls. During the conversation, he asked her if she had ever seen male genitals and asked her questions about her 16-year-old sister's sexual activity. The victim told police Burkhardt had an erection during the conversation.

While at the campground, Burkhardt inisted the victim go with him to get pop and continued to ask questions of the victim regarding her having a boyfriend. While having lunch at the campground, he insisted she sit next to him and while he had his own 5-year-old daughter on his lap, exposed his penis to the victim.

Further investigation found that Burkhardt had exposed himself to the victim's older sister a couple years ago when she was 13 or 14-years-old and babysitting at the Burkhardt residence.

Another victim, now in college, was located and said that in 2003-2004, when she was 16 and a babysitter for him and his wife, Burkhardt approached her with an erection on several occasions.

Burkhardt was previously convicted of indecent exposure out of the 67th District Court in Flint in 2001. The victim in that case said Burkhardt exposed himself to her and her 3-year-old daughter while they were at the McDonald's in Grand Blanc. His conviction was taken under advisement and dismissed after completion of probation.

A preliminary exam for Burkhardt is scheduled for Dec. 14 in front of Fabrizio.