, Salem, MA

March 27, 2013

New charges for sex offender


---- — SALEM — The Wakefield sex offender charged with molesting and raping children left in the care of his wife’s unlicensed day care center in December is now facing charges that he repeatedly sexually abused a boy in Saugus over a four-year period in the early 1990s.

John Burbine, 49, was indicted Monday by an Essex County grand jury on charges of child rape and indecent assault and battery.

The indictments cover the period between May 1990 and January 1994 and describe incidents that took place in Saugus.

Burbine was already a convicted sex offender as a result of a 1989 case, but there was no sex offender registry at that time.

He was later classified as a “Level 1” offender, deemed at the lowest risk of reoffending, by the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board. That meant that the general public was not able to learn about his record.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said that the victim in the new case came forward after seeing news reports on Burbine last December, following his arrest on more than 100 child sexual abuse charges. Burbine is currently awaiting trial on those charges in Middlesex County.

Following an investigation by the district attorney’s office and Saugus police, a grand jury indicted Burbine on Monday.

More details are expected to be revealed after Burbine’s arraignment in Salem Superior Court, which has not yet been scheduled.