Former NFL and Wisconsin player Thomas Burke charged of sexually assaulting child
A former NFL player and University of Wisconsin football player has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl.
Thomas Allen Burke, 44, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County, Minnesota. According to a criminal complaint, the child told her mother in February that Burke had assaulted her on numerous occasions.
Burke, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, waived extradition to Minnesota following his judgment Friday. He was held in the St. Louis County Jail on a $100,000 bail. He posted bail and was released Monday, according to jail staff.
The prosecutor told the court he "does not believe that any type of supervised release is appropriate," citing Burke's residency across state lines and a suspected "higher-than-average ability to pay bail."
The judge denied an application for a public defender. 스포츠토토
Burke does not appear to have any prior criminal history in Minnesota, though court records reveal that he was convicted of a misdemeanor count of battery in Douglas County in 2008.
He faces a potentially lengthy prison term if convicted of the sexual abuse charge. Under Minnesota guidelines, a first-time offender could expect to receive approximately 12-14 years.
Burke, who was born in Proctor and raised in Poplar, was inducted last year into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. The defensive end had a Big Ten record 22 sacks in 1998 and went on to win that season's Rose Bowl with the Badgers. He was picked in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft, spending four seasons with the Cardinals before injuries helped end his career.
He told that he was retired and had recently moved to Rice Lake.
Burke's next court appearance is set for July 6.