Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Utah Judge Orders Reiki Specialist Manager David Anthony Burgess To Stand Trial On First-Degree Rape Charges, Burgess Laughs At Victim's Testimony
On Tuesday January 20th, 2009, a Salt Lake City judge ordered the manager of a Salt Lake City massage parlor to stand trial on a first-degree rape charge for allegedly assaulting a woman during a job interview. Full stories published by the Salt Lake Tribune and KSL Channel 5 (with video). Case also previously discussed on October 16th, 2008.
Twenty-seven-year old David Anthony Burgess (pictured above left), who is the manager of The Reiki Specialist located at 231 East 400 South, has been accused of rape by two women when they went separately for job interviews on September 3rd and September 9th respectively. One woman said she answered a job advertisement on Craigslist, while the other said she was solicited by e-mail on MySpace.
During Tuesday's preliminary hearing, the first victim recounted how she met Burgess for a job interview at a building and was told to disrobe so he could "train her" on how to give massages to clients. But Burgess' attorney Michael Sikora immediately counterattacked, claiming that she was engaged in a "highly sexualized situation" and that she never asked Burgess to stop his behavior during the interview. The woman, 18 at the time, testified she did not tell Burgess to stop the assault because she was "in shock".
Sikora also questioned why the woman chose to use cocaine before she went to the hospital for a rape exam or notified police. She said she had a mental breakdown after she realized she'd been raped and used drugs as an outlet to cope with her emotions. Burgess himself laughed uproariously when Sikora asked the victim if she was sexually aroused during the incident and she replied "no."
Burgess, who also goes by the name Jay Bright, will have another preliminary hearing on Thursday January 22nd to determine if a trial will go forward in connection with the second victim. In addition, an arraignment hearing is scheduled for February 2nd before Judge Randall Skanchy.
Burgess also was charged in yet a third case involving a prostitute back in August. He has been chareged with third-degree felony exploitation of a prostitute. That case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in 3rd District Court on February 10th.
Analysis: This guy is a regular punk and a "playa". However, he's now playing a much different game, and it isn't by his rules. We'll see how uproariously he laughs when he takes up residence down in Draper - but known by a number instead of a name. Perhaps he'll run into Curtis Allgier, who could do us a favor before we execute him.
Unfortunately, it's not a slam dunk. The fact that Victim #1 didn't resist and used cocaine after the encounter may be held against her by a jury. Oftentimes the victim goes on trial as much as the perp. But rape is a serious charge, and we need to ensure there's no reasonable doubt before we put someone away.