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Hartly Man Charged With Child Sex Abuse

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HARTLY, Del. – Delaware State Police arrested a 33-year-old Hartly man accused of plying two underage females with alcohol and sexually abusing them.

Police said that at around 1 p.m. Wednesday, troopers were called to the 700 block of Fords Corner Road in Hartly for a reported sexual abuse case.

Police said when they arrived they learned that Shawn M. Burnett was leaving the area after he was kicked out of the house. A trooper later found Burnett traveling southbound on Everetts Corner Road and stopped him.

Later investigation revealed Burnett was babysitting a 13-year-old girl as well as an 11-year-old girl on Tuesday, police said.

Troopers said that while Burnett was babysitting, he gave the two girls liquor and muscle relaxers and then brought both into his bedroom and played "Truth or Dare." Investigators said that during the game, Burnett made inappropriate advances on the two children.

Police said the two girls told their mothers about what happened the next day, and their mothers alerted authorities.

Burnett was taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of providing alcohol to minors.

He was ordered held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $174,002 cash bond and has been ordered to make no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

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