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Day-care provider in child sex case allowed to leave home

WOBURN — Marian ­Burbine, the Wakefield woman who ran a child-care service that her husband allegedly ­exploited to rape and molest 13 infants and toddlers, was given permission Thursday to leave her home to attend church each Sunday.

Marian Burbine has been under house arrest since October, when she was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on six counts of reckless endangerment of a child and two counts of running an un­licensed day-care business. She has pleaded not guilty.

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Under revised conditions of her house arrest imposed during a court hearing Thursday, Marian Burbine can leave her home for 90 minutes on weekdays, rather than an hour. She can also keep legal and medical appointments, as well as job appoint­ments approved by the Probation Department.

Burbine did not speak at the hearing or answer reporters’ questions outside the courthouse. John Ruehrwein Jr., her lawyer, also declined to comment after the brief hearing.

According to Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. and court papers filed by prosecutors, Marian Burbine’s husband, John Burbine, videotaped himself as he allegedly raped and ­molested 13 children, including one who was just 8 days old, over two years.

John Burbine has been indicted on 100 charges, including 40 counts of aggravated rape of a child, and has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held without bail.

According to court records filed in the separate cases, ­Marian Burbine knew that her husband was a convicted sex ­offender, but still persuaded some of her clients to allow her husband to care for the children by himself.

Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobePete.
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