Phoenix man who brought underage 'sex pet' home from Utah sentenced to 12 years

Posted at 2:26 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 22:44:18-05

A Phoenix man who traveled to Utah to bring home an underage girl to be his "sex pet" has been sentenced.

Raymond Larry Burk, age 37, was sentenced to a dozen years in prison and given lifetime probation after pleading guilty to child sex trafficking and multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor.  

Last June, Burk found a post on a social media site that indicated that a girl from Utah wanted to leave home. At first, the girl told Burk she was 18 years old but later said she was, in fact, 17. 

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Burk agreed to pick up the girl and bring her to his home near 16th Street and Camelback Road if she would have sex with him. On June 2, Burk drove to Utah to get the girl, telling her, "she would be his pet and would have to have sex with him when he wanted her."

The victim reported to police that Burk became angry with her and on several occasions, he would, allegedly, choke her and cut her arm with a knife. Burk also forced the girl to have three-way sex with him and a friend, who gave him drugs in exchange.  

She also reported that Burk would force her to sleep on a dog bed and drink out of a dog dish.

The sexual conduct and abuse went on for two weeks before the victim reached out to a friend on social media who contacted police. When Phoenix police came to the home, Burk hid and choked her reminding her that "she was his pet."

He later took her to Scottsdale Fashion Square but they were located, and he was detained by Scottsdale police.