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Suspect Arrested in Connection With Duke Sexual Assault

Posted February 19, 2007
Updated February 20, 2007

— Durham police on Monday arrested a suspect in connection with a sexual assault reported earlier this month at a party near Duke University.

Michael Jermaine Burch, 21, of 322 Junction Road, was taken into custody as he was leaving his job at a discount department store Monday morning. He was charged with second-degree rape.

An 18-year-old female Duke University student told officers that in the early-morning hours of Feb. 11 a man raped her in the bathroom of 405 Gattis St. during a party.

Police have released few other details about the case, including whether Burch, who is not a Duke student, had been invited to the party or if he knew anyone there.

About 50 people were at the party at the time of the alleged assault, and police said that investigators focused on Burch after interviewing the victim and others at the party.

Burch, who does not have a criminal record, bonded out of the Durham County Jail Monday night. He appeared in court Tuesday afternoon, where he said he would hire his own attorney.

His next scheduled court appearance is on March 20.

Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs at Duke said Monday that the university is continuing to provide support to the woman and other students.

The party was organized by members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. One fraternity member lives at the house.
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  • trubblet Feb 21, 2:25 a.m.

    So Nancy, I really do not recall my post saying anything about race. But since you want to go there, Tell me why Duke doesn't consider the Black guy innocent until proven guilty? Are they really 'Withholding Judgement'? Do you believe it is fair for Duke Entity to trespass him from getting emergency(or life threatening)treatment at Duke Hospital ER? Trespassing him from Campus is one thing but the Emergency Room? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought this was an off campus party anyway and how can you refuse treatment to anyone? I thought Duke was focusing on Patient Care these days.Hmmm............

  • giepa Feb 20, 10:10 p.m.

    WHY ALL THE FUSS???????

  • giepa Feb 20, 10:05 p.m.

    ok lets stay to gether on this case let the courts handle it and lets be friends

  • giepa Feb 20, 10:03 p.m.

    I have seen A lot in my 76 years, yes I gome from A sharecroopers son and we worked side by side because we were SLAVES , befor you jump I want al of to know that we stayed to gether down in GA yes this SLAVE is WHITE

  • uknomepopo Feb 20, 9:09 p.m.

    the Rev., Sharpton and others are supposed to support EQUAL rights....why don't we hear from them concerning ALL RACES...not just blacks?.....the races are reversed in this case...why are'nt white people making a big stink about this case....we need a Al Sharpton that will speak for ALL RACES.......come on jesse, help a white sister out!!

  • DOG Feb 20, 7:05 p.m.

    Needing to be informed/ Is it racism? I believe it's fact.

  • slim Feb 20, 5:57 p.m.

    EVERYONE IS SO SET ON RACE AND TRYING TO BRING THIS AAM DOWN BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 3WM!! HAVEN'T ANYONE LEARNED FROM THAT CASE THAT YOU NEED TO GET ALL THE INFO BEFORE YOU START JUDGING PEOPLE!! HOW DO ANYONE KNOW THAT WHATEVER HAPPENED IN THE BATHROOM OF BOTH CASES WAS NOT CONSENSUAL!! ALL I AM SAYING IS GET ALL THE DETAILS BEFORE YOU START JUDGING!! STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT RACE, PEOPLE GET RAPED JUST ABOUT EVERY OTHER DAY IF NOT EVERYDAY, AND NO ONE MAKES A ISSUE ABOUT THOSE RAPES. JUST BECAUSE YOU HEARD "WHITE DUKE FEMALE STUDENT" YOU MAKE A BIIIGGGGG ISSUE OF IT!!! LET'S TALK ABOUT THE RAPES THAT HAPPEN WITH WHITE ON WHITE AND BLACK ON BLACK!!! RACISM IS STILL AROUND AND WILL NOT GO NOWHERE!!!

  • Winston Feb 20, 4:23 p.m.

    It seems everyday there is a sex crime in the news. Whether it's a punk raping a girl or child, or a teacher seducing his/her student. I have a solution. If a conviction of an aggravated sex offense would require the castration of the male offenders and the removal of the ovaries from the female offender, it WOULD reduce the sex crime rate. FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • narck9 Feb 20, 4:10 p.m.

    I agree with gvmtcheese. I just can't believe WRAL's blog police allowed it! Good job WRAL!

  • gvmtcheese Feb 20, 3:12 p.m.

    No No No, Wait, hold the phone. Was it not the NAACP and most of the Durham black community marching the lawn of that frat house a few months ago hollering "We Want Justice!!"? Ok, the same situation only the colors are reversed and now you want to just let the system take its course to protect the victim?!?!?!? Give me a freakin break. To all of you, hypocrite's out there, you are on notice!

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