Crime

Rape charge dismissed against KC man in 2012 encounter

Criminal charges against a Kansas City man accused earlier this year of raping a woman at gunpoint have been dropped, prosecutors said Monday.

Prosecutors charged Anthony G. Burch in May with forcible rape, forcible sodomy and unlawful possession of a firearm after an investigation into a Oct. 27, 2012, sexual encounter at a Kansas City motel. DNA evidence after a rape exam had linked Burch to the alleged crime, prosecutors said when they filed charges.

They recently dismissed the charges because of inconsistent statements from witnesses, said Mike Mansur, a spokesman for the Jackson County prosecutor’s office.

Burch said Monday that his being falsely accused of rape after having consensual sex caused family and friends to turn their backs on him. While jailed awaiting trial, he lost his job and missed out on seeing his youngest son’s birth, he said.

“It was mind-blowing to know they had me locked up for something I didn’t do,” he said. “I want people to know I am not the monster they made me out to be.”

The Star

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