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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Task Force to Investigate Allegations of Murder and Abuse at St. Joseph’s Orphanage

September 11, 2018

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, (802) 828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan, Mayor Miro Weinberger, Chief of the Burlington Police Department Brandon Del Pozo, Colonel Matt Birmingham of the Vermont State Police, and others announced the creation of a task force to investigate allegations surrounding St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington. The allegations include murder, for which there is no statute of limitations, as well as abuse and sexual abuse. The allegations were described in an August 27th article in BuzzFeed News. The Burlington Catholic Diocese, which operated St. Joseph’s Orphanage, has expressed willingness to fully cooperate with the investigation.

Later this week, the Burlington Police Department will announce a process for victims to reach the task force to share their experiences. In the meantime, the task force can be reached by emailing: Orphanage@bpdvt.org.


Last modified: September 11, 2018