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mandy simmons

Erin, TN

#1 Oct 31, 2007
can anyone tell me the story about what crimes this man, robert eric burkes, committed?? it is my understanding he was sentenced to prison in early 2007. i know his daughter and am just sick that he apparently committed sex crimes against children. i just don't have the story behind the charges and am very curious. does anyone know about this case???
Nobody Special

Gulfport, MS

#2 Nov 25, 2007
Eric was serving as a soccer coach and volunteered in his church to do many different activities with children. Allegedly, he used those positions to befriend boys, took them on outings to zoos and stuff, and molested them. He also allegedly threatened them telling them if they told anybod bad things could happed to them and their families. He was originally charged with molesting 3 boys all under the age of 9, but allegely may have molested 100s more. While investing the crime, he was also charged with several counts of child pornography. He plead guilty and is serving a 45 yr prison sentence.
Mandy

Laurel, MS

#3 Dec 15, 2007
Thank you for the information. That is such a sad story and I feel so sorry for his wife and daughter.
I wonder how much of that 45 years he will really serve....not enough, I'm sure.
kari p

La Marque, TX

#4 Apr 19, 2008
well i know eric burkes personally.. wow i never thought people were actually talking about my uncle... yes i know his ex wife and daughter they are my mom's sister and niece.. the story about the three boys are true they were 9 6 and 4 i believe by whatmy grandmother and grandaddy told me but the allegedly 100s more is not true. it was never that many but sadly my brother was a victom to... this is extremely hard to talk about but it's true... my uncle was always loving to me and my brother always wanted us to come over and play with the new games he had in the garage and the new video games he had bought... the scary thing is i don't remember what ever happened while we were there and it scares me as a teen thinking if the could do something so horrible to other children and also my brother.. who is to say it didn't happen to me?

from what i remember my uncle was always nice and loving i know my family does remember that side of him to but since this terrible thing did happen they seem to have forgot about that and i really don't blame them, but i won't ever forget the man i thought my uncle was...

and to give you an update on my cousin and m aunt they are doing better that are living with my grandmother and granddaddy trying to start a better and new life.

my cousin still talks to my uncle every so often on the phone she knows he is in jail but she doesn't quite understand why and i honestly don't think she should ever have to find out..

wow i didn't think havng to write about this would make me cry...

but as for my uncle he was sent to prison for an average of 40 years plus an extra 10 i believe for what he did to my brother...

this is the story...
ANONYMOUS

Pensacola, FL

#5 Sep 4, 2008
did molest he girls also?
john

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#6 Mar 9, 2010
iam one if those boys iam now 18 and everyday i deal with that in my head i still cant get it out of my head he told me 4 years he would kill my family if i told anybody and i was on his soccer team for a while he was also my sunday school teacher as i was growing up but i dont feel sorry 4 him and his wife im sorry that has happend to you but wha he did was wrong and im scared for the rest of my life and i hope he DIES in jail the worst way you can think of for what he did do me and all of the other boys he did it too
john

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#7 Mar 9, 2010
WERE CAN I GO TO SEE A MUG SHOT OF THIS QUEER
CAN ANY BODY HELP ME
nobody special

Laurel, MS

#8 Mar 22, 2010
Someone Special

Mary Esther, FL

#9 Jul 9, 2010
Hey...Noboy Special in Gulfport, MS. Eric did not plead guilty of these charges.
mario

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#10 Jan 27, 2011
he was my soccer coach for years. long story
Sister of one

Foley, AL

#11 Jul 13, 2011
That man touched my brother in ways he'll never forget and I hope he rots in he'll for what he did I would say lord bless his soul but he doesn't deserve it.
Mother of One

Foley, AL

#12 Sep 28, 2011
This man did do these horriable things and did admit to it. I told him one day that i knew he was a bad man and to stay away from my child. Years later my son told me what he did and did to the other boys. I still think about it everyday and i know my son does to. Im sorry for his wife and child and i hope they are doing better. There were boys from all over the US saying what they did to them and running the BIGGEST child porn ring ever caught!! As for the boys and mine you guys did the right thing coming forward and im proud of you!! Ask for eric I pray for your soul!!!You no longer hold my son captive and me in Jesus Name!! We release you and forgive you!!!!!i know some of you might not understand this but the first step to get threw this is to forgive and it has been very hard but i chose to for my son!!! God Bless
Johns wife

United States

#13 Jan 7, 2012
Idk if anyone still goes on here. But john is now my husband. He posted on here exactlyone year before i met him. This man deserves to rot in prison. He has harmed my husband in way thatnoone could ever imagine. My husband is now twenty and we have several problems with trust because of this. We now have two children that m husband willnot let out of his sight! Because of this lowlife loser. I am sorry to his family but he deserves to burn in hell!
Dr_Hei

Troy, AL

#14 Jul 29, 2012
I worked with REB from 1997 until his arrest in 2005. Everything you have read is true. Far more disgusting than even the stories here. I always KNEW there was something "not right about him" and even suspected child molestation, but that is not something you go around charging folks with, without proof. I was issued a subpoena countless times to appear to testify for the prosecution.
He CLAIMED that the child porn on his home computer had been downloaded from a government computer at the Navy base where we worked. That he was "investigating" it to see if it should be reported. Hogwash. Worse yet, some of the "pictures" were of HIM involved in disgusting ways with those young children. A match with closeups not to be denied.

This thread has brought about some closure for me, knowing his wife divorced him. And the pain from some of the victims. Bless your hearts. I would have probably terminated him had I been SURE what was going on.

There is no such thing as justice, but the closest thing there is, is to be in jail for 40+ years as a known "molester of little boys".
LAN MAN

Jupiter, FL

#15 Jul 31, 2012
WOW, I worked with the "Boy Wonder" from 1991 to 1996. He was very impressed with himself and was one of those people that always had the need to one up others. Definitely had a Napoleonic Complex. It irked him that I had a better working relationship with our Govt Customer than he did. Looking at back at certain comments and subject matter he'd discuss it all makes sense now. He told a number of jokes about little boys going to the bathroom and masturbating which I found odd. Working for him there was more than one occasion I wanted to pound him into the ground and in private I conveyed that to him as well. He was a narcissistic little punk!!! To hear that he threatened young boys makes m wish now I would have done it.
Dr_Hei

Troy, AL

#16 Jul 31, 2012
send me an email at [email protected] and I'll tell you what he "really" did.
Bev

Panama City, FL

#17 Aug 1, 2012
Johns wife wrote:
Idk if anyone still goes on here. But john is now my husband. He posted on here exactlyone year before i met him. This man deserves to rot in prison. He has harmed my husband in way thatnoone could ever imagine. My husband is now twenty and we have several problems with trust because of this. We now have two children that m husband willnot let out of his sight! Because of this lowlife loser. I am sorry to his family but he deserves to burn in hell!
My heart goes out to anyone hurt by Eric.I knew him when we worked at the base. I feel so sorry for his wife and daughter. He has kept this hidden from a lot of people because he used his middle name. Everyone knew him by Eric. I had heard a little about from someone someone but when I looked it up by Eric it never showed anything.That was because his real name is Robert so it never showed anything. I wonder how long he was doing this crap. After he married his wife he was still doing the Little league. She was a really attractive and a real sweet person. I wondered why a newly wed person was not more interest in his new wife but never imagine something like this. I knew he was heavy into the church. His picture looks nothing like I remember him. He was real short for a man. I pray any one connected with Eric will look into getting counselling because even if you don't remember you could have suppress it because it was so bad emotionally but may end up resurfacing when you least expect please do not think you can handle it on your own. God please help anyone connected with this awful thing.
Wall - Me Too

Chantilly, VA

#19 Jul 11, 2014
I know just how you feel I worked with him also. I remember getting a vibe, but nothing we could act on, and nothing other than "this guy is weird". Now it seems so strange that I did trust him and I wonder all the time, what did I miss? Could I have done more to help the kids? I was the one who was suppose to see these things at the office, but I failed. Thanks for giving me someplace to vent. Hopefully I can heal a little and pay more attention to those around me.
Dr_Hei wrote:
I worked with REB from 1997 until his arrest in 2005. Everything you have read is true. Far more disgusting than even the stories here. I always KNEW there was something "not right about him" and even suspected child molestation, but that is not something you go around charging folks with, without proof. I was issued a subpoena countless times to appear to testify for the prosecution.
He CLAIMED that the child porn on his home computer had been downloaded from a government computer at the Navy base where we worked. That he was "investigating" it to see if it should be reported. Hogwash. Worse yet, some of the "pictures" were of HIM involved in disgusting ways with those young children. A match with closeups not to be denied.
This thread has brought about some closure for me, knowing his wife divorced him. And the pain from some of the victims. Bless your hearts. I would have probably terminated him had I been SURE what was going on.
There is no such thing as justice, but the closest thing there is, is to be in jail for 40+ years as a known "molester of little boys".
Dr Hei

Troy, AL

#20 Jul 11, 2014
He is where he is because there must be a God after all. I have corresponded with numerous parents of his victims. We do what we can do, when we can do it.
Suspicion alone is never sufficient to bring charges. It willed out and so it will be done. I'm satisfied that he is where he is and will remain so. Then again, I'm not one of the parents. He would not have made it even this far.
JustMe

United States

#21 Aug 4, 2014
Shuddup

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