In addition to Burkholder, the others facing charges are the Rev. The charges follow a review of allegations made against priests in the Detroit archdiocese during the last 15 years.
The family of one of Burkholder's alleged victims welcomed the news of the criminal charges, but said they were still angry that church leaders forgave the priest's behavior and returned him to the ministry after they first complained in the 1960s. Well, you forgave the guy 23 times," said Larry Mason, referring to the number of alleged victims.Mason's son, Michael, said he was molested as a boy in 1968.The New Mexico cases led to million paid to victims and their families in civil lawsuits.At his 2003 sentencing, Sigler told a Genesee Circuit judge asked for mercy and forgiveness.Antos said she and her husband John, who died in November 2012, wrote letters to the parole board in 2010 urging the Michigan Department of Corrections not to release him early.
They and other victim families spoke to state legislators and other groups urging them to remove the statute of limitations on such crimes.FLUSHING, MI – An ex-priest convicted of molesting boys at Flushing's St.Robert Bellarmine Parish in the 1970s is free and living in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico sex offender database.Friday, Diocese spokesman Michael Diebold declined comment other than to say any priest who would harm a child "deserves to answer for those crimes." He also urged any victims to come forward.4 Face Charges in Clergy Sex Scandal Ex-Metro Priest, 83, Says It's 'Ancient History' By Patricia Montemurri, Jim Schaefer and Alexa Capeloto Detroit Free Press August 28, 2002 Branded as "one of the worst pedophiles we have ever had in this state," the Rev. "Ancient history," the Catholic priest and Detroit native said Tuesday by telephone from his home in Hawaii. Duggan, who was raised Catholic, said he learned during a 4-month investigation that some of his former schoolmates at St.He also was sent to jail for a year for molesting two Detroit boys before facing charges here.