Br. William Michael Burke – Diocese of St. Petersburg

| Jan 17, 2021 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Br. William Michael Burke

Diocese of St. Petersburg/Salesian

Ordained: 1993

Suspended: 2002

Assignment History:

  • Mary Help of Christians School (Tampa, FL)
  • Marian Shrine and Don Bosco Retreat Center (Stony Point, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother William Michael Burke:

Br. William Michael Burke was a Salesian brother that worked in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and in New York.  In 2002, a civil suit was filed by a man alleging that Br. Burke sexually abused him from 1986-1987 while attending Mary Help of Christians School in Tampa, FL. According to the lawsuit, Br. Burke kissed the victim, touched his buttocks with his hands through his clothing, and touched the victim’s groin. The abuse was initially reported in 1989, but nothing was ever done about it.

The Florida statute of limitations for suing the Salesians of Don Bosco over Brother William Burke’s alleged actions had passed, and Burke was not charged. He was working in a New York religious center until his suspension in 2002.

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