On 21 Aug 17 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau began an investigation into the possible sexual assault of a 12-year-old female. The child reported that Craig Odell Burkheimer has been having sexual contact with her since she was 9 years old. The child was interviewed and reported that on or around 5 Aug 17 she and Craig were at a storage unit in Reno, Ohio. While at the storage unit Craig shut the door and used flashlights to illuminate the inside, and removed her clothing and his clothing. She then reported that he “rubbed” his penis on her vagina until he eventually ejaculated on her chest. The child also stated that Craig inserted his penis into her vagina until it caused her pain and then he would remove his penis. Craig Odell Burkheimer was identified as a relative to the female.
On 21 Aug 17 Detective Lt. Bryan Lockhart and Det. Sgt. Scott Smeeks interviewed Craig Burkheimer at his address located at 802 Front Street Marietta, Ohio. During the interview, Craig admitted to having sexual conduct/contact with the female since she was 9 years old. He confirmed that on or around 5 Aug 17 he and the child had sexual conduct at the storage unit. Craig admitted that on many occasions he has performed oral sex on the child and ejaculated on her.
Craig Odell Burkheimer, age 23, was placed under arrest for rape, a felony of the 1st degree. A high bond was requested due to Burkheimer admitted to sexually abusing the victim over a three year period on numerous occasions between the ages of 9-12. Burkheimer was transported to the Washington County Jail where he was processed on 22 Aug 17 at 1:14 am. Burkheimer is scheduled to appear in Marietta Municipal Court on 22 Aug 17 at 8 am.