REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Tonight I am pleased to share with our community that 57-year-old, Gregory Clive Burke, of Mims, is behind bars where he belongs after being sentenced to 18 years in Federal Prison by the Honorable Federal Judge Carlos E. Mendoza in Orlando, for enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity!!
Burke, a registered sex offender, who was already on state probation after a previous conviction for possession of child pornography, was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 20, 2018, and had pleaded guilty on November 21, 2019.
Burke initially came to the attention of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office when his state probation officer found that he was in possession of a cellular telephone with internet access, which is a violation of the terms of his original probation. Agent Meghan Cornett of the SORT Unit and a member of the FBI Task Force began investigating the probation violation.
The telephone was subsequently seized and turned over to the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Unit where a forensic review revealed that he was posing as a 10-year-old girl, “Emma Dixon,” and had posted a profile on Snapchat and YouTube. In addition, the forensic review revealed that Burke, fictitiously acting as “Emma Dixon,” was communicating with several 12 to 13-year-old boys and girls online. “Emma Dixon’s” online profile stated, “Hi. I’m Emma. I’m 10 years old. I love soccer swimming dogs, horses and ponies and slime.”
One of the children that Burke was communicating with was a 12-year-old boy who during the communications, was enticed to send Burke images and videos of himself, including videos of a sexual nature.
This investigation was a cooperative effort by agents from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office who are incredible partners with our agency!!
Please join me in thanking everyone involved in this case for doing everything possible to make certain that this offender can no longer harm children in our community!!
This sick and vile individual is now exactly where he belongs…locked behind bars where he can never harm another child!!
Great job by everyone involved!!
Sheriff Wayne Ivey