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Mass. Man Accused of Child Abuse Pleads Not Guilty


WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Wakefield man charged with sexually assaulting 13 children as young as 8 weeks old at his wife’s unlicensed day care business has pleaded not guilty.

John Burbine was ordered by a judge at his arraignment Wednesday in Middlesex Superior Court on 100 criminal counts, held without bail for 90 days. Prosecutors requested $1 million bail.

Prosecutors allege the 49-year-old Burbine preyed on the children ranging from 8 days to 3 1/2 years old and recorded the assaults. Authorities say many of the assaults happened in the victims’ homes between August 2010 and August 2012.

Burbine was already a Level 1 sex offender, following a 1989 conviction for indecent assault and battery, deemed the least likely to re-offend.

Burbine’s lawyer says his client is “distressed.”

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