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Sex offender back in jail after violating probation

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CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa Falls man convicted of two sex offenses in January is back in jail and facing a longer sentence after violating terms of his probation.

Steve J. Burich, 19, 1307 Water St., pleaded guilty in Chippewa County Court to two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and one count of sexual assault of a child younger than 16. He was originally charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child.

At a hearing Monday afternoon, Chippewa County district attorney Wade Newell asked that probation be revoked and a pre-sentence investigation be conducted. Newell noted that Burich was given a deferred sentenced on the second-degree sexual assault of the child conviction.

Judge Steve Cray set a sentencing for 8:30 a.m. Monday.

According to documents filed in Chippewa County Court:

Burich had obtained nude photos of one of the girls he had sexually assaulted. Contact with the girl was a violation of his probation.

Burich is already required to register as a sex offender. Burich, who is in custody in the Chippewa County Jail, appeared in person at the hearing but didn’t speak. Online jail records show Burich has been in custody since June 11; he previously served 148 days in jail for the two fourth-degree sexual assault convictions.

At the sentencing in January, Cray ordered three years of probation plus the sex offender registration. Cray ordered that Burich not be alone with juvenile females. Burich cannot consume alcohol, illegal drugs or drugs not prescribed to him while on probation. He also must pay $886 in court costs.

In August, Burich was charged with second-degree child sexual assault for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. According to the criminal complaint in that case, Chippewa Falls police learned Burich was having sex with an underage girl. 

When confronted by an officer, Burich admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl, describing it as a consensual act, although she is too young to give her consent. The girl told police that she had sexual intercourse with Burich three or four times in July and early August at a home on Water Street.

Burich contacted the girl via Facebook after he was booked and released from jail, although he was required to avoid her.


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