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Man accused of child sex abuse proposes castration

Reuters, BOSTON

A Massachusetts man facing charges of sexually abusing 13 children, including a newborn, offered on Wednesday to have himself castrated in exchange for a lighter prison sentence.

John Burbine, 50, was arrested in September last year, and faces 100 criminal counts related to sexual assault of children, ranging in age from eight days to three-and-a-half years, to whom he gained access through his wife’s unlicensed day-care business.

His attorney, William Barabino, said he made the suggestion in a pre-trial hearing in hopes it would keep his client from spending the rest of his life in prison.

He likened the proposal to people facing alcohol or drug-related charges agreeing to seek treatment in exchange for a more lenient sentence.

“His inability to conform his desires, or his behavior, is all oriented toward sex, and so what we said is: ‘What about treatment?’” Barabino said in a telephone interview.

“We would put forth a bilateral orchiectomy, which is essentially taking out the testicles,” he added.

Barabino said his client would agree to having the surgical procedure only if he was assured of receiving a lighter sentence in exchange.

A judge denied the request.

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