Man In Jail Accused Of Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

Thursday, July 30th 2020, 5:14 pm
By: Reagan Ledbetter

A man is in the Rogers county jail, accused of posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on the internet. Then after she reported it, investigators said he assaulted her.

Records show Neil Burch is a registered sex offender and has been in and out of prison since 2014.

Deputies said after the assault, Burch chased the victim for 12 miles and called her 29 times. The whole time, she was on the phone with deputies who were able to find Burch and arrest him. They said Burch had a knife in his lap.

"She [other deputy] comes in from the front, and I come in from the back and box him in and remove him at gun point from the vehicle,” said Sgt. Williams.

Deputies said Burch posted nude pictures of the victim on the internet after they broke up. They said the victim filed a report, so investigators called Burch to talk to him. Deputies said Burch got mad and drove to the victim's doctor appointment, where he attacked her.

"He scratched her neck and chest, he choked her, broke her necklace,” said Sgt. Williams. “It was a pretty intense fight there."

Deputies said the victim drove away and Burch chased her, so she called Sgt. Williams.

"He was actively hunting her down and stalking her. I don’t know what would have come had he caught her again, but I imagine it wouldn’t have went well for her,” said Sgt. Williams.

Sgt. Williams said Burch had been harassing the victim for 2 weeks.

"He would get on different apps and change his phone number and text her because she would block his number,” said Sgt. Williams. “He would change it through an app, then text her and call her."

Records show Burch has been in and out of prison since 2014 for sexual battery, indecent exposure, resisting arrest and more.

News On 6 covered Burch in 2016 when Tulsa police arrested him for breaking into a woman's home, then falling asleep in her closet.

Deputies said domestic situations like this, can turn deadly.

"We see those escalate to the point where they become extremely violent,” said Sgt. Williams.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said this was great police work by his deputies to take control of the situation and save the victim.