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Accused in sex abuse case faces more charges

John Burbine

A Wakefield man who stands accused in Middlesex County of sexually assaulting 13 infants and toddlers will face similar charges in Essex County on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

John Burbine, 49, will be ­arraigned Wednesday after an Essex grand jury returned an indictment in March charging him with rape of a child and ­indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, prosecutors said. The charges stem from ­alleged assaults that occurred between 1990 and 1994 in ­Saugus, beginning when the ­accuser was 5.

The alleged victim came forward after the publicity that followed the 100-count indictment of Burbine in ­December in Middlesex County, said ­Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.


Monahan said prosecutors could not release any additional information about the Essex case before the arraignment in Essex Superior Court in Salem.

In the chilling Middlesex case, authorities allege that Burbine raped and abused children ranging from just 8 days to 3 years old, over a two-year span beginning in ­August 2010. He gained access to them through his wife’s day-care business, prosecutors said.

He recorded many of the ­assaults on video, and authorities discovered the footage on his home computer, prosecutors said. William J. Barabino, who is Burbine’s lawyer in the Middlesex case, said Tuesday that he is challenging the admissibility of the computer evidence. A hearing on a motion to suppress the evidence is scheduled for ­August.

Burbine has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the ­Middlesex case and is being held at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge.

He was convicted of indecently assaulting a child in 1989. His wife, Marian ­Burbine, is currently charged with recklessly endangering children, and records show that she knew about his prior conviction and allegations that he sexually assaulted young boys in 2005 and 2009.


Prosecutors did not bring charges in either of those cases.

Marian Burbine is free on bail and has a pretrial conference slated for July, court ­records show.

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