former LDS bishop in Oregon; pleaded guilty to third-degree sex abuse involving students
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Personal information

  • Burdick, Paul Douglas
  • Born: 1972
  • Gender: Male

Case videos

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    • Video title: Hillsboro driver ed teacher, bishop arrested for sex abuse - KGW - 2019-09-05
    • Video description: "Teacher, former bishop arrested for child sex abuse"

Case summary

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Paul Burdick was bishop of the Hillsboro Ward until shortly before being arrested. Accused (and sentenced) of sexually abusing teenage girls in his job as a drivers ed teacher. Served 6 months in jail.

FLOODLIT’s sources indicate that Burdick had previously served as the Hillsboro Ward’s elders quorum president.

“Oregon driver’s ed teacher, accused of sexually abusing 21 students, gets 6 months in jail

Published: Feb. 24, 2020, 1:12 p.m.

Shane Dixon Kavanaugh | The Oregonian/OregonLive

A Portland Community College driving instructor, accused by nearly two dozen girls or women of sexually abusing them during lessons, was sentenced Feb. 20 to six months in jail, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office said.

Paul Douglas Burdick, 48, pleaded guilty to six counts of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor, in January, court records show. He had faced another 15 counts of sex abuse, which prosecutors later dismissed.

Burdick was accused of groping driving students during practice or test drives and would instruct some of the young women to perform jumping jacks to record them on his cellphone, authorities said.
Paul Burdick

Paul Burdick (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the suspected abuse occurred between 2012 and 2018 while Burdick taught driving courses at the school’s Willow Creek Center in Hillsboro. Portland Community College fired him in April 2019 amid the criminal investigation.

Burdick also served as a bishop at the Hillsboro Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which later removed him from the post.

After Burdick’s arrest in September, three of the sex abuse victims filed a lawsuit against him, seeking $2 million each.”


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LDS/Mormon church membership history

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LDS mission information

FLOODLIT is not aware whether the accused served a full-time LDS mission.

LDS temple marriage information

The accused was married (sealed) in the Mormon temple in .

LDS church positions ever held by the accused: Bishop Elders quorum president
LDS church positions held by the accused at the time of the alleged crime(s):
LDS church positions held by the accused at the time of being publicly accused: Bishop

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LDS church response(s)

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  • Alleged failure to report by local LDS leaders? no
  • Alleged misconduct by local LDS leaders? no
  • Alleged misconduct by global LDS leaders? no

FLOODLIT is not aware whether the Mormon church paid any settlement amounts related to this case.

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