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TWIN FALLS — Police say former Twin Falls resident sexually abused a young girl while he lived here.

Ryan Burkhardt, 24, now lives in Statesboro, Ga. He is charged with sexual abuse of a child under 16 and two counts of lewd conduct with a minor. He was arrested after after an investigation that began when an 11-year-old victim came forward in 2016. 

The girl told police that Burkhardt had touched her or made her touch him on three different occasions between August 2012 and June 2014, according to an affidavit.

The first time, Burkhardt made her touch him and offered her $5 to perform a sex act, the girl said. She was in third grade and Burkhardt lived in Twin Falls at the time, police said.

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Prior to the 11-year-old coming forward, there was an existing warrant for Burkhardt's arrest in Gooding County, where he was accused of lewd conduct with another child younger than 16. 

He has been jailed on a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Apr. 18.


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