Police: Burnet woman, child sexually assaulted by registered sex offender

Danny Cude (Burnet County Sheriff's Office)
Danny Cude (Burnet County Sheriff's Office)

BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — A registered sex offender is back in jail after police say he broke into a woman’s apartment in Burnet and sexually assaulted her in front of her two children.

Burnet police say 55-year-old Danny Cude also sexual assaulted one of the two children.

Officials say the incident happened on Tuesday around 8 p.m. in the city’s northeast side. The victim told police Cude sexually assaulted her multiple times. Police say he also held a knife up to her throat while threatening to kill her and her children.

When police arrived at the victim’s apartment, they found the woman and her two children standing at the front door while Cude was standing behind them. Officers were able to “talk Cude down,” and he was arrested without further incident.

“I’ve been with this city for 20 years and it doesn’t happen in this city. It’s not normal at all,” said Chief of Police Paul Nelson. “It’s a small town but we are having more big town crimes, and unfortunately it brings more people out of their norm.”

Nelson tells KXAN this was a random attack and the suspect did not live near the victim.

According to the Texas DPS Sex Offender Registry, Cude spent seven years in prison for attempt to commit sexual assault in 1999. His risk level was determined to be “low.” Court records show he was arrested in 2014 for failing to register as a sex offender — at the time he hadn’t registered in seven years.

“If someone didn’t report when they started, there may be a problem in an agency knowing which agency had responsibility for it,” explains District Attorney Sonny McAfee, representing the 33rd and 424th Judicial Districts.

DPS records show he was able to stop registering as a sex offender in January of this year. Chief Nelson says when they arrested the suspect he stated he no longer had to register.

“Yes, it doesn’t change his personality and the problems he has, but the person did complete his sentence and that’s how the United States is made up,” Chief Nelson said. “My goal is that he never takes another step out of a state prison.”

Cude is currently in the Burnet County Jail charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. On Thursday, additional charges were added, including aggravated sexual assault of a dhild and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated sexual assault.

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