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Former NFL Draft Pick Tom Burke pleads Not Guilty to Child Sexual Assault Charges

Former Bi Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year for Wisconsin pleads not guilty to sexual assault of a minor

Tom Burke was an All-American at the University of Wisconsin back in the 1997-98 season. Buke led college football with 22 sacks and 31 total tackles for loss while helping Wisconsin to a Rose Bowl victory and #5 overall ranking. He was so solid on the field that the Arizona Cardinals drafted him in the 1999 NFL Draft in the 3rd round.

Burke is now facing some heavy allegations. In June, Burke was arrested after a female contacted the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office in February to report that a young female victim confided in her that Burke had been performing oral sex in her private area.

According to Fox 21, the little girl told First Witness Child Advocacy Center that this did not just happen once, but five times.

According to the criminal complaint, During a forensic interview at the First Witness Child Advocacy Center, the young victim teared up and told the interviewer that she “does not like talking about it” but went on to tell the interviewer that she had been sexually assaulted as many as five times in her bed at her home.

Burke admitted to authorities that he has been alone with the victim many times, but he has pleaded not guilty to the charge of first degree criminal sexual conduct of a 7 year old girl.

Burke was a former Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and played in 36 NFL games racking up 49 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 1 fumble recovered.

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