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Veteran Officer Charged With Forcible Rape

 LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. — A 22-year veteran policeman is behind bars on a charge of forcible rape. 

Averal “Junior” Burnett, 47, in Justice Court in Lamar County Tuesday, was denied bond because he was deemed a flight risk; and had allegedly threatened his victim and other law enforcement officers.  But during Tuesday’s hearing, Burnett said, “I have not threatened anyone… The only thing I ever questioned was the chain of evidence. “

Burnett was arrested Sunday evening by state troopers and is being held at the Pearl River County Jail. 

He worked with the Hattiesburg Police Department before accepting a job with the Lamar County Sheriff’s department.  He retired last month. 

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