Fr. Robert N. Burkholder

Ordained: 1947
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Called one of Michigan’s worst pedophiles. Abused in the1940s. First complaint in 1968. “Retired” in 1985. Removed in 1993 after admitting in writing to molesting at least 23 boys. Civil suits filed in 1994; (dismissed on statute of limitations) and 1995 (settled). On sick leave per OCD but worked as an Army chaplain in Hawaii from 1982. Extradited 2002; pleaded no contest. Sentenced to 30 days jail And 5 years probation. Permanently removed without privileges in 2005. Named in two suits in Hawaii in 2009 filed by same plaintiff. Died 6/6/06. Included on Detroit archdiocese’s list 6/101/9.


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