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Wakefield Child Sex Abuse Suspect Proposes Castration In Exchange For Reduced Sentence

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An undated booking photo of John Burbine, 49 (AP/Middlesex District Attorney's Office)
An undated booking photo of John Burbine, 49 (AP/Middlesex District Attorney's Office)

The lawyer for a Wakefield man charged with sexually abusing multiple children at his wife's unlicensed day care center says his client is willing to undergo "physical castration" in exchange for a reduced sentence, but prosecutors aren't interested in a deal.

Prosecutors allege that between August 2010 and August 2012, 49-year-old John Burbine molested children ranging from 8 days to 3 1/2 years old.

His attorney, William Barabino, wants a judge to cap the sentence at 15 years. Prosecutors want a sentence of at least 85 years.

A judge declined Wednesday to consider the proposal but left it open for future discussion.

Barabino told The Boston Herald the procedure is effective in producing "a drastic reduction or complete discontinuation in sexual urges and sexual function, due to the inability to produce testosterone."

This program aired on November 20, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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