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Federal prison employee from Springfield faces 19 counts of sodomy for repeated sexual contact with children

Authorities say Antonio D. Alburquerque, 56, continued a pattern of sexual abuse.

June 20, 2012|Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor | Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County prosecutors have charged a Springfield man who works at the Federal Center for Medical Prisoners with 19 counts of sodomy after what they say is a repeated pattern of sexual abuse against two boys.

Antonio D. Alburquerque, 56, is accused of repeated sexual contact with the two -- one from when he was six years old to the time he turned 15, and the other from when he was 10 until he turned 15 -- at a home in Springfield. The acts occurred in the time frame from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s.

Alburquerque has worked for the Federal Center for Medical Prisoners since 1992 as a physician's assistant, a spokesperson at the facility told KSPR News.

The charges against Alburquerque were filed June 15 in Greene County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say Alburquerque also engaged in inappropriate behavior with a young female as well. He had also been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for child pornography.


In charging documents, prosecutors said Alburquerque admitted to the sexual abuse. They also say he is a danger to the community.

Alburquerque faces life in prison if convicted on the charges; authorities believe he is a flight risk due to information that he could go to the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico following retirement from his current employer, which was not specified in charging documents.

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