When Polk County deputies found 30-year-old Travis Burton Saturday morning, Burton told police he paid a 16-year-old girl he met online $300 for sex. When they got into a price dispute, he said, she wouldn’t leave so it “got a little rough.”
The girl told deputies Burton put a knife to her throat and a dog leash on her neck after raping her several times in an empty Davenport residence.
Burton is charged with sexual battery on a victim between 12 and 17, aggravated child abuse, kidnapping with inflicting bodily harm, unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and soliciting for prostitution. He remains in jail on $1,007,500 bond. While his arrest record is a variety pack of charges, Burton’s prison experience comes from battery on a law enforcement officer (10 months in 2013-14) and grand theft between $300 and $5,000 (seven months, 2015-16).
The arrest affidavits say once the girl arrived at what PCSO called an “unoccupied residence” in Davenport, Burton began a face-punching attack. He followed that by tying her up, slicing off her underwear and raping her four times. After that is when he brought the knife and dog leash into the assault.
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PCSO says Burton changed the venue to a truck, drove until the truck got stuck in an orange grove, then resumed raping her.
Deputies said they found the truck and the girl after Burton had walked away.