WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Windsor photographer is facing felony lewdness charges after a pair of teenage girls told authorities that he had allegedly engaged in a series of “inappropriate” and erotically charged interactions with them several years ago.
Kevin Burkholder, 48, pleaded innocent to two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child during his arraignment Wednesday afternoon before he was released on a series of pre-trial conditions, including a court-order that, with the exception of his own children, he not have anything more than incidental contact with minors under the age of 18 while his case is pending.
Burkholder, an acclaimed railroad photographer who does not have any previous criminal record, faces a minimum penalty of four years in jail and a potential maximum of up to 30 years if he were to be convicted of both of the felony counts now pending against him.
Hartford Police Detective Kristinnah Adams said both girls gave investigators similar accounts alleging that Burkholder had shown them pornographic pictures and offered to give them sexualized massages.
The older of the girls also told investigators that Burkholder had engaged in a series of “inappropriate” text messages with her for a time that included sending along a 20-page-long work of erotic fiction in which, the girl said, the main characters appeared to be based on Burkholder and both girls. The girl turned a copy of the document over to police.
Detective Adams wrote that when she interviewed Burkholder earlier this year he said he was “dumbfounded” by the younger of the two girl’s accusations and categorically denied them but he allegedly admitted to having had “inappropriate” conversations with the other teen when she was 19 years of age, according to an affidavit filed with the court.
During Wednesday’s hearing, defense attorney Rachel Thompson told the court that Burkholder was not a flight risk and has strong ties to the community, saying “He’d like to fight these charges against him all the way.”
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