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Records: Man accused of forcing St. George girl to be his 'pet' charged

Posted at 12:59 PM, Apr 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-03 15:59:57-04

Law enforcement authorities in Utah have charged a man with human trafficking for allegedly taking a St. George girl to his Arizona home to keep her as his "pet."

Court records show 38-year-old Raymond Burk also faces an aggravated kidnapping charge.

Authorities say Burk recruited a 17-year-old girl in June, drove her to Phoenix, restrained and sexually abused her.

Records show Burk contacted the girl online and claimed to be a 20-year-old man. She initially said she was 18.

Records show she believed they would be driving to nearby Leeds, but he later revealed they were headed to Phoenix.

Records show she eventually escaped and told authorities Burk had said she was "his little pet" and would keep her forever.

Burk is at an Arizona jail.