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City officials to clean home of man arrested for child porn

2 years ago Friday, May 11, 2012 3:54:31 PM CDT May 11, 2012 Friday, May 11 2012 May 11, 2012 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge plans to clean up the yard of a man who was arrested Thursday on 100 counts of child pornography. 

It's a story News 2 first brought you in October 2010, when the Department of Public Works said it was planning to take care of the problem.  Since then, neighbors say the filth has only gotten worse.

Neighbors call David Burke a 'hoarder' because his Stoney Creek Avenue home is falling apart on the outside, overgrown with weeds and grass, and has animals running and flying in and out of open holes in the ceiling.  His case has been open with litter court since August 2010.

"I'm afraid to let my son play outside," Lisa Chustz told News 2.  She's afraid snakes or wild animals that live in or around Burke's home may creep into her yard.

DPW says its hands have been tied because of too much paper work to file before they can take action.  It also blames too many other blighted properties to clean up.  But a new ordinance should allow them to clean up overgrown yards sooner, according to David Guillory with DPW.

The cost of the clean-up will be passed on to the homeowner.  In Burke's case, Guillory estimates the cost could be up to $2,000. 

That will be tacked onto his property tax bill, and if it is not paid, Guillory said a lien will be placed on Guillory's home.  After that, Guillory said the house could be sold in a Sheriff's sale.

Guillory said Burke's house could be condemned before that.  If DPW recommends it to the Metro Council, members could condemn the home.

DPW plans to begin its clean-up in the next month.

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