The Associated Press

Alleged Wakefield Sex Offender Ordered Held Without Bail

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

John Burbine was ordered held without bail for 90 days at his arraignment Wednesday in Middlesex Superior Court on 100 criminal counts. 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.

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

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