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    IA - School principal Robert Burke filmed young boys in school restroom

    But, he's a "super nice guy" and what about that wonderful singing voice?


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...s=rss_national

    Complaint says Dubuque school principal placed camera in boys restroom, downloaded child porn

    "IOWA CITY, Iowa — The principal of an Iowa elementary school admitted that he downloaded child pornography over the course of several months and hid a video camera in the school to get images of young boys using the bathroom..."

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    Robert Burke, 43, the principal at Sageville Elementary School just north of Dubuque, was charged with one count of receiving child pornography. A criminal complaint says an FBI agent downloaded eight images child of pornography in April from a computer with an IP address that was traced to Burke’s residence in Dubuque...."

    and

    "...At least three of the images involved boys who appeared to be between the ages of 8 and 10 performing oral sex, according to a court affidavit filed by Robert Larsen, a special agent for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation...."

    and

    "....“Bob is a popular principal, a super nice guy,” said School Board President MB. “He’s done community theater and is an accomplished singer as well. Just a talented, funny actor and singer. If it’s just pure singing, he’s got a wonderful voice....”

    and

    "...Burke had been principal since 2004 after previously serving in that role at a Catholic school in Dubuque...."



    more at link



    And, the complaint:

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sec...t-robert-burke

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    This story makes me sick.
    And Tommy, I won't forget you sweetie!

    "Do roses know their thorns can hurt?" - JonBenet Ramsey

    RIP MALIKI AND ALEX TODD, KILLED ON NOV. 28, 2010, BY SOMEONE WHO WAS TEXTING AND DRIVING!

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    http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Ex-Pr...ot-Guilty.html

    Ex-Principal Accused of Downloading Child Porn Pleads Not Guilty
    June 10, 2011

    "A former Dubuque elementary school principal pleaded not guilty in U.S District Court Friday to receipt of child pornography and also waived his detention hearing until he can hire an attorney. Former Sageville Elementary School Principal Robert Burke, 43, is accused of downloading child pornography and investigators also found evidence that he videotaped students in the boy’s restroom at the school. He was charged last Friday...."

    and

    "....Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Tremmel said he wanted to make the court aware because of the trial date that the government’s investigation is continuing and because the videotaping information just came to light last week it was possible that the government would seek additional charges...."

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    "...The Dubuque School Board fired Burke last Saturday in an emergency meeting after he was charged."

    more at link

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    Such a "funny guy"...that Principal Burke:

    http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Forme...126441438.html

    Former Dubuque Principal To Plead Guilty to Child Porn Charge
    July 30, 2011

    "The former Sageville Elementary School principal who faces child pornography charges intends to plead guilty Monday in U.S district court. Robert Burke, who had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges leveled against him, filed on Friday an intent to plead guilty to recording sexual videos of minors under the age of 18 – one of seven charges he faces. The six related counts, which included possessing, receiving and distributing the pornography would be dropped..."

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    "...Investigators say Burke, 43, put a hidden camera in the boys' bathroom at the school, and that he used its recordings to produce child pornography, which he distributed on the Internet. The federal indictment alleges that Burke captured video of boys, including some younger than 12 years old, using the bathroom..."

    and

    "...he installed a hidden camera in the boys’ restroom at Sageville Elementary School, where he had been principal since 2004, to produce “video images of students who were using the bathroom,” according to a complaint. The complaint states that Burke said he never touched any children in a sexual manner...."

    and

    Burke faces between 15 and 30 years in prison without parole, a maximum fine of $250,000 and at least 5 years of supervision after his release...."

    more at link


    Not funny at all, IMO, and I could not care less about his lovely singing voice. I surely hope that investigators went back and checked the boys' restrooms at the former Catholic school where he taught.

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    Oh, so Mr. Burke says he never touched any children in a sexual manner.

    Well that makes it all better then, doesn't it.
    Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
    We are all just trying to make sense of an unimaginable crime.

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    UPDATE:
    He was sentenced to the max allowed under the law!!

    http://www.kwwl.com/story/16094879/f...-gets-30-years



    A former Iowa elementary school principal has been sentenced to 30 years in prison

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    I was relieved to read he was given the maximum sentence of 30 years! He claims to have never commited a physical act against a child. But, statistically speaking he most likely has...LE just didn't catch him. Jail time and shame are unlikely to rehabilitate him. But at least he is locked up for a long time and can not hurt more children! Research has shown those who exploit children like this are likely to seek out sexual relationships with children if they are not stopped in some way. Research has also found there is a strong correlation between those who seek out child pornography and those who would be diagnosed as pedophiles. Studies suggest that most pedophiles are unable to control their strong sexual urges and that medical treatment, such as castration, provides the only effective means of changing pedophilic behavior.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. I am so proud of the families who had the courage to attend and address the court at his sentencing!

    Here is another article: http://easterniowanewsnow.com/2011/1...or-child-porn/

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    Another article about Burke:

    http://news.yahoo.com/child-pornogra...210546858.html

    "....Another mother of two victims said confronting Burke was the most difficult thing for her to do but he betrayed students, parents and the entire community. She asked the court not to consider the “polite and quiet” man sitting in court today but instead to consider the 59 victims and the 32,000 images and 12,000 videos produced by this man...."

    and

    "...Burke installed video cameras under the sinks, above bathroom stalls and put one on his belt so when he walked into the bathroom he could record images of children using the bathroom..."



    How did this man have time to work as principal of this school?

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    This is just disgusting! I think people in authority over children should have higher standards and more pure morals than the average person. They should be good role models. This guy has let down the entire community besides harming the children and breaking the law. The children he filmed may have trust issues for years to come or even forever.



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