[NOTE: On Jan. 6, Polk County authorities announced all charges against Paul L. Burritt had been dropped after the purported victim admitted to investigators that she had made a false allegation.]

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (WCCO) — A 60-year-old van driver was charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Polk County, Wis.

According to the charges, Paul L. Burritt, of Turtle Lake, was driving the girl in a Handi-Lift Transportation van when he took her back to his home and sexually assaulted her in the driveway.

The girl told police Burritt was supposed to pick her up from Impact Counseling in Hayward and then bring her home in Birchwood. She said this was the first time Burritt was her driver and the first time that she met him.

She said she knew he was driving a different way but was afraid to say anything.

When Burritt brought the girl to his home, she said he let his six dogs out before opening the van door and sexually assaulting her. She told police he began unzipping his pants but she kicked him in the chest and slammed the van door on his hand.

She said she tried to reach for Burritt’s cell phone but he grabbed her wrist and punched her twice on her left knee.

The girl said Burritt told her he “really wanted her.”

At that point, she said Burritt became angry and closed the door and let his dogs back in the house. He then got back into the van and began driving — and at one point, she said she saw he was going 70 mph.

She said Burritt then dropped her off on the road by her house and made her walk home. She said she normally gets home between 5 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., but on that day she got home between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Burritt was arrested on Dec. 7. He denied having sexual contact with the girl and told police he dropped her off in her driveway, not in the road. He said he never brought her to his house and only made a wrong turn while driving her home.

Comments (12)
  1. disgusting says:

    Dude, take a long good look at yourself in the mirror. And you wonder why you stoop to such low levels man…

    Absolutely gross.

  2. Hmmmm says:

    Beyond disgusting …. that said let’s hope she is telling the true facts and not pizzed at him and became creative.

    1. chad says:

      Dude, learn how to spell!

      1. @chad says:

        well chad – if one uses “s”es in pizzed they take it down.
        Z’s work the same —- just need to think outside the box 😉

    2. AJ says:

      The 11-year-old made everything up, so you can reserve your disgust for real actual crimes now.

  3. kelly says:

    Good for that little girl to fight him. Coming home an hour or so later than normal means more than a wrong turn. He is the new driver as well, I’m betting he thought she was easy pickings. Sad some worry about replacing zz’s for ss’s to get through the censor but not worry to much about the troubling pervert featured above. The most fitting answer award goes to “think outside the box”…..poster.

    1. AJ says:

      She didn’t fight him because this didn’t happen. All charges have been dropped. But keep judging people on their looks. A beard always means a pervert, right???

  4. Just the Facts says:

    I wonder if Wisconsin has a policy of waiving exclusions for sexual predators and Criminals in their background checks like they do in Minnesota. Shame on the bus company. What about the criminals rights to a job transporting young, vulnerable handicapped individuals, Ken Abler!! Thank God for the little girls abilities!

    1. Kelly says:

      That made my stomach drop, seriously they waive certain areas on the background checks because the politically correct demon says “it must be so”. What other reason would a background check be needed for? To see if they are an American citizen….well isn’t that waived also, or maybe that is an asset to getting the job. To see if they like stealing cars as a past time,,,,hmm probably waived. Hold on now….I see you have been late on paying those property taxes in the past…..RED FLAG. If you pay property taxes that means you own property…..if you own property that means you are not a victim in this new P.C.society. If you are NOT a minority….then baby you better start pulling that heavy cart because there are many, many riders waiting….snap…pull that cart…there are many victims that have a RIGHT to be pulled along for free. Sorry for the rant, this POS in the picture makes me ill.

    2. AJ says:

      Yes, thank God for mentally unstable 11-year-olds that make up lies. They are so precious!!!

  5. AJ says:

    These charges were dropped because the 11-year-old made up the entire thing and there was clear evidence of Burritt’s innocence. Way to assume someone’s actions based on their looks.

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