FRANKLIN COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — A former math tutor is being held in the Franklin County jail on $300,000 bond, accused of sexually abusing two of his young students.
Daniel E. Burris, 45, appeared before a judge in court Monday, where a detective told the judge the charges Burris currently faces are just the beginning.
The victims in this case, who were both young boys at the time of the alleged abuse, told Upper Arlington police they were sexually abused by Burris when he was their math tutor back in 2011.
Burris now faces felony charges of gross sexual imposition and unlawful sexual misconduct with a minor.
“As always in these kinds of cases, we have a question and don’t know whether or not there are other victims out there,” said Ron O’Brien, the Franklin County Prosecutor.
According to court documents, the two students who made allegations were boys. One was younger than 13 at the time of the incident, while another was between 13 and 15 years old. Both told Upper Arlington police Burris touched them inappropriately when he was their math tutor beginning in 2011.
“It is always troublesome simply because that position [of authority] is able to be used to take advantage of the minor,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien said it’s common for young victims to wait years to come forward because of fear, embarrassment or a warning from their assailant not to tell.
The statute of limitations on these cases is currently 25 years, due in part to advances in the area of DNA.
One neighbor next door to Burris’s home in Lewis Center told NBC4 that while she had only spoken to him a few times, she thought he seemed normal.
In addition to his bond, Burris has also been ordered to stay away from the victims, minors and social media.
An attorney for Burris said Monday night he did not have a comment on the allegations.