Former NFL player Tom Burke charged with sexual assault of young girl

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A former NFL football player was arrested for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in Minnesota, a report said Monday.

Tom Burke, 44, who played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, is accused of forcing himself on a young girl in St. Louis County, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Burke, who was arraigned in Duluth on Monday, denied any sexual contact with the child and claimed he was being “railroaded.”

The 7-year-old victim revealed the assaults to her mother earlier this year and was later interviewed by child services officials who said she teared up as she described the assaults, a criminal complaint cited by the News Tribune said.

The former defensive end allegedly touched her inappropriately and performed oral sex, the News Tribune said.

He faces up to 14 years behind bars under state guidelines if he’s convicted, the newspaper said.

Burke played at the University of Wisconsin in the late 90s, was a first team-All-American and had 22 sacks his senior year, a Big Ten record, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. He was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame last year.

A third-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, injuries limited his professional career. He had been living in Wisconsin at the time of his arrest.

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