Court documents: Sex assault victim who lived in NH said stepfather made it 'like a game'
CONCORD — A Tennessee man accused of seven counts of sexual assault in New Hampshire could have been charged as early as 1995.
In December 2016 a woman walked into the Concord Police Department, after driving from Tennessee, to report her stepfather for sexually assaulting her from ages 5 to 9.
Ronald "Renny" Burr, 54, who was living in Tennessee at that time, had lived in Concord with the victim and her mother in the early '90s.
According to the police affidavit, Burr would have her undress while he would expose himself in what detectives call "grooming," or where the abuser prepares their victim for future abuses.
The first instance of sexual assault, according to the victim, was when she was 5 years old and alone with Burr in their Concord home. She told police that the assault stopped after her grandmother showed up at the home unexpectedly. She told police that Burr wanted to keep it secret and to not tell anyone.
From then on, she recalls that the abuses happened often and felt as though it was an every day occurrence. The alleged victim told police that Burr would sometime try to make it "like a game" asking her to hold on to his penis while he "acted like a horse" by moving up and down while he was laughing.
In 1993 they moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where the abuse continued, police said.
The alleged victim told police that she had been participating in a "good touch/bad touch" curriculum at school there and paperwork had been sent home. Burr came to school and pulled the girl and her older brother out of the district and said they would be home schooled, she told police.
After that, the victim states in her interview with police that she attempted to tell her mother about what was happening to her, but when her mother asked about the accusation when Burr was present she explained it was a misunderstanding for fear of being physically disciplined.
During an interview with Concord detectives, Burr's mother, Dawn Albert, also said she had confronted her son at one point after suspecting abuse.
"He denied it. He stood in my living room and said that the child lied," Albert told detectives on Jan. 26. Burr's mother also said Burr had been accused of molesting his male cousins as well as some children that lived near them in Maine.
The alleged victim's claims were eventually taken seriously when her maternal grandmother asked her if something was going on after becoming suspicious.
The grandmother took the allegations of sexual assault to Tennessee Children Services who began an investigation in 1995. In 2016, Concord detectives looked for more information on the investigation and found that the original detective assigned to the case in Tennessee was arrested on drug charges and placed on leave in June 1995. Investigation paperwork that was still available stated that the report of sexual assault was credible, but there was no evidence that the investigation was taken any further.
In December 2016, the victim made a couple of recorded phone calls with Burr. Over the course of the calls, the assaults were never specifically mentioned, but during one call Burr said that "if I could go back and change it, I would." Detectives believed these statements to be confessions and began the process of arresting and returning Burr to New Hampshire.
In April, detectives from New Hampshire worked with law enforcement in Tennessee and arrested Burr where he first had to face a felony fugitive from justice charge there before being extradited to Concord.
On Tuesday night Burr was brought back to New Hampshire by U.S. Marshals. He was charged with two counts of sexual assault and five counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Burr is being held on $350,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court again on June 12.