Wakefield sex offender pleads not guilty to 100 charges of alleged child abuse
WOBURN (AP) -- A Wakefield man charged with sexually assaulting 13 children, including one just 8 days old, while working at his wife's unlicensed day care business pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was ordered held for 90 days without bail.
John Burbine, 49, faces 100 charges, including 40 counts of aggravated rape of a child by force, as well as aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, posing a child in a state of nudity, posing a child in a state of sexual activity, and possession and dissemination of child pornography.
"The defendant was brought into the homes of the parents of the victims to keep their children safe and violated them in every way possible," prosecutors Katelyn Draper said in court.
Burbine will remain jailed without bail for 90 days, after which he will be held on $1 million bail.
Burbine's lawyer, William Barabino, said his client cannot afford the $1 million.
"I'll just say that the charges are disturbing, and I think John would agree," Barabino said.
Prosecutors allege Burbine preyed on the children ranging from 8 days to 3 1/2 years old and recorded the assaults, which occurred August 2010 and August 2012.
Burbine was already a Level 1 sex offender following a 1989 conviction for indecent assault and battery on a child. Level 1 sex offenders are considered the least likely to reoffend.
The case has been called one of the worst child abuse cases prosecutors have ever seen and has prompted some state politicians to call for revamping state sex offender laws to make the names of Level 1 offenders public.
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