John Burgess was sentenced recently for failing to register as a sex offender according to the L.A. Times. After posting $250,000 bail earlier on the charges, he had been able to remain free.
A child molester suspected in the disappearance of a Rancho Santa Margarita college student was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender, as the missing woman’s friends and relatives demanded his help in their search.
He remains a suspect in the disappearance of Donna Jou who went missing in June though no charges have been filed. Donna Jou is listed at the NCMEC based on the following criteria.
SPECIAL NOTE:This case was initiated pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5779. The individual pictured on this poster was reported missing when he or she was between the ages of 18 and 20. Law enforcement has entered this case in the FBI National Crime Information Center database and has asked NCMEC to disseminate this poster.
Update 03-18-09: Convicted sex offender charged in SDSU student’s death
LOS ANGELES — A convicted sex offender was charged in connection with the 2007 death of a San Diego State University student, prosecutors said Tuesday.
John Steven Burgess, 36, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, sale or transportation of heroin and cocaine and a misdemeanor count of concealment of an accidental death in 19-year-old Donna Jou’s death, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors contend that the crimes occurred on June 23, 2007. That was the last day Jou was seen. Her body has never been found, officials said.