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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 1:53 pm

Linda L. Burke, a Potomac High School teacher arrested June 11 in an assault on a state police investigator, was found dead in her home Sunday in an apparent suicide.

Burke, 40, had been under investigation by state police for alleged misconduct with a minor.

She died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. There were no signs of foul play, he said. The case is being classified as a death investigation pending the state medical examiner's report.

Burke, who lived on Goshen Court in Manassas, was arrested earlier this month during an interview with a state police special agent. She was charged with felony assault on law enforcement and obstruction of justice. She had not been charged in connection with improprieties with a minor.

State police are investigating the alleged misconduct because Burke was married to a Prince William police officer. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the case remains open.

Burke, an English as a Second Language teacher at Potomac, was released from police custody shortly after her arrest.

She had been a teacher with Prince William County schools since 2003 and was on administrative leave pending outcome of the investigation, school officials said.

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  • The crusher posted at 9:08 pm on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    The crusher Posts: 2

    This is being shoved deeply under the carpet as we speak....

  • flipkey posted at 11:34 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    flipkey Posts: 180

    So, I really feel there could be more to the story here. People on Facebook are posting as if she did something sexually w/ this minor, but it says in the story 'misconduct' w/ a minor. I do understand that the first thing to come to mind is sexual misconduct, but until the details are out... it could mean a # of things, such as buying cigarettes or alcohol for this minor, or even non school-related communication with the minor outside of school (yes, all still wrong... but she was already being labeled as a pedophile, child molester, etc). From what I understand, if the investigation was due to sexual misconduct... it would be labeled as a 'sexual misconduct investigation'. I may be wrong, but I was just considering other possibilities here. It's just a sad situation regardless of the details, and I just felt people shouldn't be so quick to judge... at least not until the details are released.

  • Beachgirl posted at 10:37 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Beachgirl Posts: 27

    My heart aches for her children.

  • DumfriesVA posted at 8:18 pm on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    DumfriesVA Posts: 10

    Seemslike a whole lot of teachers and principals on administrative leave these days in PWC. Why was the Dumfries principal on administrative leave and now without a job?

  • JoeDaBeast posted at 2:42 pm on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    JoeDaBeast Posts: 90

    A shame that the truth could not come to light. My prayers go out to her family.


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