KOSCIUSKO — What was scheduled to be the second day of a jury trial for a Silver Lake man accused of child molestation ended early, with the charge dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea in a drug case.
Trey Michael Burbank, 26,11144 S. County Farm Road, Silver Lake, was initially charged with child molestation, a level 1 felony. That charge was dismissed and he pled guilty in a separate case to possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
This case stems from a traffic stop that occurred on April 3. After failing to give a proper turn signal, officers pulled over and searched a vehicle. In the seat where Burbank was sitting, they discovered a glass smoking device and a cigarette box containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.
In exchange for the child molestation case being dismissed, the state, represented by Prosecutor Brad Voelz, sought the maximum sentence for possession of methamphetamine.
Judge David Cates accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Burbank to serve 2 1/2 years at the Kosciusko County Jail for possession of methamphetamine and 60 days for possession of paraphernalia. Burbank was ordered to report for custody on or before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11.
“Mr. Burbank, I don’t need repeat customers,” said Cates before ending the sentencing hearing.