Fr. Robert M. Burns

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Worked in Diocese of Youngstown 1975-81. Abused minors in Youngstown OH diocese; sent for counseling & treatment. Transferred to Boston. Youngstown told Boston not to let him be around children. Continued to abuse. Removed from active ministry in 1991. Pled guilty 3/96 in NH to molesting two youths. Served 3 three years of an eight-year sentence. Admitted to abusing 42 boys and young men. Sued several times. Boston settled claims totaling more than $2.6M 1992-2002. Laicized 1999. Convicted again 2005. Given 11-year sentence. In prison 11/11. Not on Boston archdiocese’s list. Reportedly released from prison, per 7/17 news article, and living in Boston in 2015. On Youngstown diocese’s list 10/29/18.

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