Pastor Robert Burke of the Holy Deliverance Apostolic Temple in Newburgh, pleased guilty to charges he raped a 15-year-old parishioner.
Robert Burke of the Holy Deliverance Apostolic Temple in Newburgh pleaded guilty to a felony charge of third-degree rape in county court Thursday. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that the 50-year-old pastor admitted that he had sex with the girl on April 4. He was arrested July 28 after the victim reported the incident to City of Newburgh police.
Burke faces additional charges stemming from an alleged attack on another victim.
Burke, who is accused of groping another female teenage parishioner in Newburgh, still faces charges of forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted, he becomes serial abuser.