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Convicted felon faces new sex charges

A convicted felon who is classified as a level 3 sex offender was back in State Supreme Court Monday morning for arraignment on new sex charges involving a minor female.

Dejay Burdic, 29, of Olean Road in South Wales, pleaded not guilty before Justice Penny M. Wolfgang to charges of criminal sexual act in the first and second degrees and endangering the welfare of a child. He accused of forcibly engaging in oral sexual conduct with a child under the age of 15.

Burdic had been the subject of a Crimestoppers alert in early February when he was being sought in connection with an incident that allegedly took place Sept. 19, 2015.

According to prosecutor Bethany A. Solek, he fled to Texas. Burdic eventually was arrested Feb. 22.

In requesting that he be held without bail, Solek told the judge that Burdic has a 2006 conviction for assault and a 2008 conviction for the attempted rape of a person under age 15. She said he also has a 2009 criminal conviction in the Town of Ashford for sexual misconduct.

Defense attorney John Jordan asked that the judge consider that Burdic has a construction job that might be available if he made bail, that he is married, has two sons ages 6 and 7, and that his wife is eight months pregnant.

“That’s all bad news,” Wolfgang said bluntly.

She ordered that Burdic be held without bail and extended the temporary order of protection issued for the victim.

“Nobody else associated with him is to have anything to do with the victim, either,” the judge said.

Burdic is scheduled to return to court June 20. Because is a repeat felony offender, if convicted Burdic could face a maximum sentence of 10 to 25 years in prison.