A new trial date has been set after new charges for a Juneau man alleging multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child.
Joshua David Burger, 36, is being charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, and a single count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree.
All four charges stem from Burger in a position as a parent or guardian abusing a child in his care.
A one-hundred count indictment had been lodged against Burger last May. But that was just dismissed in Juneau Superior Court, essentially vacating the trial that had been scheduled to get underway this week. A September trial date was set during a hearing on the case on Tuesday.
During an earlier court hearing, prosecutors had alleged that the abuse lasted over a period of eight years. But the new indictment only refers to four instances of alleged abuse in 2004 and 2007.
The alleged victim is now 17-years old.
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