HILLSBORO, Ore. — A driver education teacher and Mormon bishop has been arrested for the sexual abuse of 15 underage girls.
Paul Douglas Burdick, 48, of Hillsboro was arrested Thursday and faces 15 counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Detectives said they've identified 20 victims and believe there are more.
Burdick taught driver education at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus. He was also the bishop of the Hillsboro Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
Both PCC and the LDS Church have cooperated with the investigation and removed Burdick from his positions when they were informed of the allegations against him.
All the victims were girls, many high school students who took driver education classes through PCC, and were in Burdick's classes.
Victims report Burdick groped them while they took practice or test drives, and would also make them perform jumping jacks and try to record it on his cell phone.
The allegations range from 2012 through 2018 when Burdick was removed from his positions.
Detectives believe there are more victims and they would like to speak with anyone who may have been affected by Burdick’s alleged crimes. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 503-846-2700.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement on Burdick:
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no tolerance for abuse. We have removed Burdick from his leadership role and he has been prohibited from serving with children. We support the efforts of law enforcement to investigate this matter and have fully cooperated in their investigation. Those who abuse children are also subject to formal discipline from the Church, including the loss of their membership in the church."