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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.

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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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