Burnet police add child rape charge in sexual assault case

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER

DANNY CUDE

DANNY CUDE

BURNET — Authorities have filed additional charges March 30 against a man accused of sexually assaulting and holding a woman against her will as her two small children watched, according to a Burnet Police Department report.

The incident, which has now evolved into child rape allegations as well, was reported at about 9:15 p.m. March 28 at an apartment complex on the northeast side of town. READ PREVIOUS STORY

“(An adult female) was sexually assaulted multiple times. He had a knife he held to her upper body, throat area,”  Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said.

Nelson added that, based on evidence gathered at the scene, authorities believe the attack occurred for about an hour and also involved one of two small children, both under the age of 5 years old.

Burnet police arrested 55-year-old Danny Darrell Cude and charged him with aggravated sexual assault, three counts of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and burglary with intent to commit a felony. Initially, after the incident, police charged Cude with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. On March 30, they added aggravated sexual assault of a child, two more aggravated kidnapping charges, and a charge of burglary with intent to commit a felony.

According to the report, police were notified when the woman found a window of time to place a call to a loved one.

“We know the victim was able to make a very short phone call to her husband, who was at work … stating that someone had gotten into the caller’s residence, trying to kill his wife and kids,” Nelson said. “Burnet police arrived within less than a minute of the call and located the victim and her two small children exiting the apartment with the suspect behind them.

“The suspect was taken into custody (without incident),” Nelson added.

The nature of the alleged attack has caught local investigators by surprise.

“He was a stranger to the victim. This is the only stranger case like this I’ve been involved with in the over 20 years I’ve been with the city of Burnet,” Nelson said. “He did give a statement. I would say it was a crime of opportunity for the suspect. He is a sex offender from the past.”

According to Burnet County Jail records, Cude is homeless and a registered sex offender.

Court documents show he was arrested in 1998 for attempted sexual assault in Llano County and later sentenced to seven years in prison.

He also pleaded guilty in July 2015 for failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to six months in a state correctional facility. According to state records, he was projected to come off the sex offender registry in January 2017.

He is being held in the Burnet County Jail on several counts each of the sex abuse and kidnapping charges with surety bonds totaling $851,500.

The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation.

Editor Daniel Clifton contributed to this report.

connie@thepicayune.com

One Response to “Burnet police add child rape charge in sexual assault case”

  1. Sheila says:

    Finally we set a bail that can’t be posted.

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