Indiana man charged with sexual assault

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Police: Upton woman attacked in bed

By Sarah Bennett

An out-of-state man was arrested Thursday night after police say he broke into a woman’s Upton home earlier this month and sexually assaulted her.

William Scott Burden of Georgetown, Ind., is accused of breaking into the home Aug. 15 through an unlocked window, according to the arrest warrant.

The home’s occupant was asleep when Burden, 49, entered the home, according to the warrant.

Burden took off his clothes and got into bed with the woman and proceeded to sexually assault her, investigators said. The woman woke up when Burden touched her, police said.

Burden “unlawfully committed the act of (first-degree sexual abuse) when he subjected another person to sexual contact who was incapable of consent because she was physically helpless and/or mentally incapacitated,” the warrant alleges.

Capt. Dale Riggs of the Vine Grove Police Department described Burden and the woman as “acquaintances.”

Vine Grove police issued the arrest warrant, but Hardin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Burden at the Floyd County Jail in New Albany, Ind., according to police records.

Burden is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison, and second-degree burglary, a Class C felony. If convicted, he faces five to 10 years in prison on the burglary charge.
Burden’s next court appearance is Sept. 12 for a probable cause hearing.

He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 unsecured bond.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.