Ex-Cadet Faces Kan. Hearing In Sexual Battery Case


A former cadet leader at a Kansas military school is
expected in court this week to face charges of sexual battery against a younger

A preliminary hearing for 18-year-old David James Burke of McLean, Va., is
scheduled Friday in Saline County District Court. The case stems from incidents
that occurred in October at St. John’s Military School in Salina involving a
cadet age 16 or older.

Defense attorney Dick Blackwell didn’t return a phone message Friday but has
said Burke denies anything in a way of a felony occurred.

The case comes as the boarding school fights a federal lawsuit filed by 11
former cadets and their families. They allege the school’s quasi-military cadet
program, which gives higher-ranking cadets the power to discipline students,
encourages physical and mental abuse.

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