Trial Date Set For Wakefield Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Melrose Children

Wakefield resident John Burbine is facing nearly 100 counts of child sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty last month and his next court action is a motion to dismiss in April.

John Burbine is expected to go to trial in December to face nearly 100 counts involving the sexual abuse of Melrose area children, according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone.

A spokeswoman for the DA's office reported that a tentative trial date of Dec. 10 has been set for Burbine. His next court proceeding is April 13 when his attorney, John Barabino of Wakefield, is expected to file a motion to dismiss. Burbine pleaded not guilty last month to nearly 100 charges involving the sex abuse of children, one of whom was as young as 8 days old.

Burbine allegedly sexually abused children in these communities: Melrose, Woburn, Newton, Reading, Stoneham and Waltham.

A separate Boston Herald article quoted Barabino outside Woburn Superior Courthouse Tuesday morning as saying the motion to dismiss is an "administrative" procedure and that the defense is in "the early stages of a long process." 

The previous quote about a motion to dismiss being a routine and expected legal matter is consistent with remarks made last month outside of the same courthouse by John Ruehrwein, the attorney for Marian Burbine at her own court appearance. Mrs. Burbine is facing six counts of reckless endangerment of a child for operating an illegal day care/tutoring business, the Waterfall Education Center, despite her husband's background at the time as a Level 1 sex offender.

Mrs. Burbine's next court action is on Feb. 13, when Ruehrwein is expected to file the motion to dismiss. She remains under home confinement in Wakefield.

Previous Coverage

  • Burbine Pleads Not Guilty To Nearly 100 Child Sex Counts
  • Melrose Mom Remembers Meeting Alleged Molester At Play Groups
  • Week in Review: Melrose Mom Remembers Meeting Alleged Molester At Play Groups
  • Melrose Victim in Child Sex Crime Linked To Wakefield Day Care Business
  • YOUR TURN: Should Level 1 Sex Offender Information Be Public?
  • Burbine Arraignment Is Wednesday


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