John Burbine, 49, of Wakefield, Mass., was indicted today by a Middlesex County grand jury and accused of sexually abusing thirteen infants and children. The young victims range in age from 8-days-old to 3-years-old. Burbine was charged with more than 100 counts of child sexual offenses that allegedly took place in a child day care service, the Waterfall Education Center, managed and operated by his wife.
Those child sexual abuse charges include 40 counts of aggravated rape.
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone was quoted at a news conference today by NBC News as saying “this is among the most troubling and disturbing cases of child abuse ever prosecuted in Middlesex County.”
According to today’s indictment, John Burbine sexually assaulted and raped at least 13 young girls and boys from August 2010 through August 2012. Many of those children were allegedly raped or assaulted on multiple occasions.
During the course of the investigation into Burbine, investigators discovered video evidence of those sexual assaults.
“He committed these unspeakable crimes in the victims’ homes and communities. Further, the defendant filmed the repeated, unthinkable abuse,” Leone said.
“The defendant gained access and opportunity to abuse young children through advertising child care services with his wife, who operated a tutoring and child care business, which was not licensed.”
Although prosecutors say that Burbine’s 46-year-old wife, Marian Burbine, wasn’t present during the alleged rapes, she’s been indicted on charges of reckless endangerment of a child and operating an unlicensed day care business.
Also according to the prosecutors, the wife was not aware of sexual assaults on the children taking place.
But in an interview conducted this evening by boston.com, one of John Burbine’s neighbors first became suspicious due to remarks that Burbine’s wife made to him about three years ago. Burbine’s wife, Marian, basically told the neighbor:
“don’t ever let my husband watch your kid.’”
“he’s not good with children.”
John Burbine will return to court on December 12 for his arraignment.
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