BECKLEY - A former Raleigh County
deputy is sentenced to twelve months home incarceration after pleading guilty
to domestic battery of his daughter.
Randy Burgess will also not be allowed contact with the
victim until the probation officer approves.
Burgess had been charged with misdemeanor battery after
admitting to striking his nine-year-old daughter. He said police training
prompted him to chase his daughter around their home when she ran from him.
Because of this conviction, he is banned from law enforcement work for life.
Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller explained the
photographic evidence of the victim's injuries, saying domestic battery cases
can see repeat offenders. “When
it's happened once, of course you have to worry that it will happen again,”
Keller said. “That little girl was horrifically battered and the photos don't
Keller said Burgess’ daughter wants contact with her him
and the judge took that into consideration with his sentencing. Once Burgess is released from home incarceration (or if he
violates his terms, once he is released from jail), he will be required to register as a child abuse offender for a
period of ten years.
Burgess faces pending felony charges for a separate
incident of fraud with an access device, breaking and entering of an
automobile, embezzlement and impersonating a law enforcement officer. That trial
date has not yet been set.