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Former Sweet Grass County High School Employee Charged with Rape

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A former Sweet Grass County employee has been charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent six months after he allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

In mid-September, the girl's mother read her daughter's diary, because she had concerns about the girl's behavior, according to court documents.

The diary entry reads, "Last night I had sex with Mitch Buerkle. He's 23 and he's going to be a student teacher for the math class in high school...gonna be hella akward...He is so paranoid about it cuz obviously he would go to jail and never getting a teaching job."

After reading the diary, the girl's parents met with Sweet Grass County High School Principal Kip Ryan and two guidance counselors. They reported the matter to the police, and Cora Lee Hicks conducted an interview with the girl.

"We have, you know, done everything we can for and to protect the students and the staff of the high school. We've placed the accused on administrative paid leave immediately, once we found out the allegations," said Tim Yuzeitis, Sweet Grass trustee.

Court documents state the girl knew Mitchell from his work at the school. She says they started talking on Snapchat and exchanged phone numbers.

After a football game, they met behind the high school, and "she got in his truck and he drove her out to the 'boulder' where they had sexual intercourse."

Mitchel Buerkle's bail is set at $60,000.


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