Fr. William Michael Burke

Ordained: 1946
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Named as an abusive priest in one of two massive lawsuits filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 2003. Accused of abusing an elementary school student in the 1970s, starting when Burke was a deacon. Burke died in a house fire in 1995. Lawsuits filed in 8/19: claims of abuse in 1972 of a 7-year-old at St. Lawrence School in Sayville; claims of abuse, along with Rev. Alfred Soave, of a child, ages 8-14, at St. Andrews in Sag Harbor, 1974-79. On the diocese’s list of accused in 3/21.

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