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December 8, 2012

Governor's bill would have exposed Burbine

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A spokeswoman for Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty said the Chelsea Democrat had no immediate comment, but noted that the committee did recommend a bill filed by Rep. James Arciero that would have published Level II sex offender information online.

As far as changing other sex offender notification laws, Patrick said, “Any law that would help deal with a situation as horrific as this one would be helpful. I’m not sure there is a law to deal with this. I am very, very pleased that it was our own folks who responded to complaints and referred this over to prosecutors who have brought this to light but gosh, I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent and get this kind of information about what’s going on at this unlicensed facility.”

Authorities say Marian Burbine operated an unlicensed tutoring and child care service.

Asked whether he had a message for parents who might choose to send their child to an unlicensed care provider, Patrick said, “People make decisions for a whole host of reasons and they make their choices based on a whole host of reasons and we know for a fact that the availably for good safe child care facilities is not as great as the capacity demands, but all of that is secondary to dealing with the behavior up in Wakefield that is just beyond the pale.”

According to media reports published Friday, Burbine was investigated by state social workers in 2005 and in 2009 in connection with complaints from children who said he had inappropriately touched them. Fox 25 reported that social workers said they found complaints against Burbine to be credible but the cases were never prosecuted due to a lack of evidence.

“When allegations of abuse by Mr. Burbine were alleged in 2005 and 2009, the Department made the appropriate referrals to the District Attorney’s office for further investigation,” a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families told Fox 25. “For information on those investigations, please contact the District Attorney’s office.”

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