Military School Faces Hearing

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The Saline County attorney’s office says a former cadet leader at St. John’s Military School has been charged with eight counts of aggravated sexual battery involving a younger student.

Charges against David James Burke, 18, of McLean, Va., were filed under seal Friday pending his first court appearance on Thursday morning, assuming the Saline County courthouse is not closed because of a major snow storm engulfing the state.

The case stems from alleged assaults that occurred in October.

Attorney Dick Blackwell says that his client initially bonded out on a single misdemeanor count and he did not know what new evidence has surfaced that would make the prosecutor’s office enhance that to felonies.

He says Burke is denying anything in the way of a felony happened.