Burbank man will be arraigned on rape charges

By Travis Gulbrandson


An arraignment has been set for 9 a.m. Tuesday for a Burbank man charged with rape, among other offenses.

Joseph T. Night, 63, has been charged with 13 counts of varying severity, including four counts of rape in the first degree, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, two counts of aggravated incest and one count of simple assault-domestic.

Night also has been charged with interference with emergency communication and intentional damage to property.

Clay County States Attorney Teddi Gertsma said the charges followed a call that was placed Sunday, May 3.

“Law enforcement received a 911 call that an assault was occurring, and when they followed up, (their) investigation led to more charges,” Gertsma said.

The charges could land Night some hefty prison time and fines.

According to a press release from the state attorney general’s office, Night faces the possibility of receiving life in the state penitentiary for the rape charges alone.

Gertsma said Night has been released on a $50,000 cash-only bond, and that he must participate in a 24-7 program as a condition of his release.

Night’s arraignment will take place at the Clay County Courthouse.

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