Man convicted of sex abuse in Mower County

Mario Burciaga
Mario Burciaga

Victim first reported the abuse at three years old.

Posted: May 21, 2018 3:39 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A St. Cloud man has been found guilty of sexually abusing a child in Mower County.

Mario Antonio Burciaga, 32, was charged in June 2017 with three counts of 1st degree criminal sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. He was found guilty Thursday after a three-day trial and his sentencing is set for September 21.

Abuse charges were first reported to Austin police in February 2014, when the victim was three years old. However, investigators could not identify who the child was accusing or identify a potential suspect at that time.

In July 2016, when the victim was nearly six years old, an aunt said the child told her Mario Burciaga was the abuser. Austin police interviewed the child again and say the victim was able to provide much more specific information about the abuse and who was responsible for it.

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