November 20, 2013

Mass. man charged with child abuse proposes castration

In exchange, John Burbine wants the judge to cap his client’s sentence at 15 years, instead of life.

The Associated Press

WOBURN, Mass. — 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 “massive” reduction in his sentence.

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.

Burbine’s lawyer, William Barabino, tells 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.”

In exchange, Barabino wants the judge to cap his client’s sentence at 15 years, instead of life.

Barabino is scheduled to formally make his proposal to prosecutors and the judge on Wednesday. Prosecutors are expected to respond.

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