Accused Serial Child Molester Has Died After Hanging Himself in Cell

John Burbine, a convicted sex offender from Wakefield, is accused of molesting 13 children.

John Burbine. Patch file photo.
John Burbine. Patch file photo.

Update, 7:40 p.m. Friday, March 7

John Burbine has died from his injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to Fox 25's Sharman Sacchetti, @SharmanTV on Twitter.


Update, 1 p.m. Friday, March 7

John Burbine allegedly tried to hang himself in his cell, according to WBZ News Editor Kate Gallagher, @KateWBZ on Twitter. His condition is "very serious," and his next of kin is being notified, she reports. 


John Burbine, the convicted sex offender from Wakefield who is accused of molesting 13 children, was rushed to an area hospital Friday morning, according to Boston.com.

Burbine was awaiting trial in Middlesex County jail when corrections officers discovered that he was in need of “emergency medical attention,” Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian told Boston.com. His condition was not released as of noon Friday.

Burbine and his wife, Marian, are accused of running an illegal daycare. Through the daycare, Burbine allegedly raped and sexually abused 13 children from 2010-2012.

He was arrested in 2012 and faces more than 100 related charges. He and his wife have pleaded not guilty to all charges against them.

In November, Burbine made headlines when, through his attorney, he said he would undergo a castration to significantly reduce his potential sentence.

Burbine’s victims were from Wakefield, Melrose, Newton, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Waltham and Woburn, according to authorities.

Read the Boston.com report.

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