Charges reduced against former Kansas cadet leader

Former military school cadet due in court
A former cadet leader at a Kansas military school is due in court for a hearing on whether there's enough evidence to try him on charges of sexual battery against a younger student.

SALINA, Kansas (AP) — A Saline County judge has dropped several charges filed against a former cadet leader accused of sexually assaulting a younger cadet at an embattled Kansas military school.

Judge Patrick Thompson made the decision Friday after a preliminary hearing for 18-year-old David James Burke, of McLean, Va. Burke had been charged with seven counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of attempted aggravated criminal sodomy. But The Salina Journal reports that Thompson found there was only enough evidence to try him on three of the aggravated sexual battery counts.

The case against Burke stems from incidents alleged to have occurred last October at St. John’s Military School in Salina.

A lawyer for Burke has said his client denies anything happened in the way of a felony. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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