June 09, 2021
Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
DA Mike Schmidt announces 17-year prison sentence following a child sexual abuse investigation
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Mark Burlingame received a 17-year prison sentence for child-related sex crimes.
Burlingame pleaded guilty to one count of Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct and two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.
In August of 2020, the Miami Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) contacted the Gresham Police Department after the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Unit discovered a person, later identified as Burlingame, making online statements about sexually abusing a 12-year-old.
During the investigation, law enforcement determined Burlingame took video of the sexual abuse and used a social media platform to share and distribute the material with an undercover FBI special agent in Florida.
Gresham Police executed a court-authorized search warrant at Burlingame’s residence and an electronic device, which revealed evidence of child sexual abuse.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the FBI Field Office in Miami, the Gresham Police Department and the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team for their dedicated work on this case.
This case was prosecuted by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Amber Kinney. The Victim Advocate was Malia Bruni. The lead investigator was Gresham Police Detective Adam Wright.
District Attorney Mike Schmidt thanks Detective Wright, DDA Kinney and Victim Advocate Bruni for their tireless work on this case and for supporting the victim and the victim’s family.
It was through the coordination, communication and collaboration of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team that this case was investigated and prosecuted.
The Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team includes representatives from CARES Northwest, local law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, health departments, local mental health service providers, the Oregon Department of Human Services, and Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team works with community partners to protect children who have been abused and neglected while ensuring that all practices are trauma-informed and mitigate the life-long consequences of child abuse. The team also handles child homicides, felony child physical abuse cases, felony child abandonment cases, custodial interference cases, and felony sex crimes where the victim is currently under the age of 18 and where the suspect is determined not to be a stranger to the child.
CARES Northwest, Multnomah County’s child abuse assessment center, is a community-based medical program for the assessment, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The organization is one of the largest child abuse assessment centers in the nation and serves more than 5,000 children annually.