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John Burbine, 49, of Massachusetts stands accused of raping and sexually assaulting over 13 infants and children entrusted to his care, the youngest victim being 8-days-old, and videotaping his sick, twisted acts over the course of two years, reports MSNBC.
Burbine had access to the children through child care services offered by his wife, and was indicted Thursday on over 1,000 counts of child sex offenses.
“This is among the most troubling and disturbing cases of child abuse ever prosecuted in Middlesex County,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a statement.
According to authorities, Burbine and his wife advertised child care and tutoring services on various websites including parenting websites and coupon service websites. They also transported children to another family’s home for day care and ran a summer activities program in which they took children to various places, prosecutors said.
The victims ranged in age from 8 days to 3½ years old and are from Stoneham, Medford, Newton, Reading, Melrose, Woburn and Waltham, prosecutors said.
Investigators said they found images and videos on Burbine’s home computer of the victims “posed in various states of nudity and engaged in sexual acts” “It is alleged the defendant videotape recorded the assaults on the victims,” the prosecutor’s office said.
“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. Children are our most vulnerable victims and we will continue to prosecute to the fullest extent those who harm or exploit them.”
Burbine’s wife, Marian Burbine, 46, has been charged with recklessly endangering a child and operating an unlicensed child care facility. According to prosecutors, she did not know about the crimes and has been released under the conditions that she wear a monitoring bracelet and have no contact with children under 16 years old.