If the allegations against him are true, John Burbine of Wakefield, Massachusetts is a monster. That is the only appropriate word I can think of to describe someone who would rape children, some as young eight days old. The only bright spot in this story is that this man is behind bars now, and will hopefully stay there for the rest of his life.
According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office, John Burbine has been raping and abusing dozens of children who attended his daycare and tutoring service. The unlicensed business was shut down in August. Burbine, who was a convicted sex offender, had been running the childcare center with his wife, Marian. She was charged with reckless endangerment of children for letting her husband care for kids without any other adults present.
Here is the nauseatingly long list of crimes that Burbine is being charged with:
More than 100 counts of charges related to rape and sexual abuse of more than a dozen young children, including 40 counts of aggravated forcible rape of child, 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child, 12 counts of posing a child in a state of nudity, 11 counts posing a child in sexual conduct, 13 counts possession of child pornography, two counts dissemination of material harmful to a minor and operating an unlicensed child care program.
Stories like this make every decent human being on the planet weep, or maybe scream with anger. Our entire team has been sick since hearing about this despicable case of child abuse. Our hearts and prayers go out to these children and their families.
John Burbine was already a sex offender, though he was only a “Level 1” offender and therefore would not show up on any sex offender registry. So parents researching their childcare provider would have had no idea of his previous crimes. The Department of Children and Families had investigated allegations against Burbine in 2005 and 2009, yet he still managed to avoid jail time and continue molesting children.
Even with this history of problems, Burbine’s wife Marian agreed to open up an unlicensed childcare center with her husband. She let him spend time with young children alone, with no other adults presents. If the allegations are true, she stood back and let a monster attack innocent kids, turning a blind eye to their suffering and her husband’s crimes.
The entire city of Wakefield, Massachusetts has to be reeling with shock and horror. Hopefully they will come together to support the victims and their parents. That is all that anyone can do after hearing about such atrocities. These stories have a way of making us all feel helpless and disgusted. Let’s try to also be thankful that this monster is behind bars, where he cannot reach another child ever again.