Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

William Robert Burkey, 69, of Cape Coral, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced today to 231
months in prison, or just over 19 years, for 58 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He
was also designated a Sexual Offender for life. Burkey was found guilty following a three-day
trial in Lee County in March.

In January 2019, the former family care physician, was printing photos at a drug store in Fort
Myers that contained images of pre-pubescent girls. An employee at the store thought he was
acting odd and alerted law enforcement. The defendant returned to the same store and printed
more photos a few days later.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigated and identified Burkey through the use of his store
discount card. A search warrant was executed at his home and the illegal material involving
children was found.

As part of today’s sentencing, Burkey was also ordered to stay away from children. He must also
pay fines and court costs.

Assistant State Attorney Natalie Savino and Assistant State Attorney Heather Fly prosecuted the
case.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office
239-533-1125
ssyoen@sao.cjis20.org