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Years of warning signs preceded Wakefield child-care worker’s arrest on child abuse charges

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It does not take much for Kevin to summon the rage that consumed him in April 1989 after learning his 5-year-old son had been molested by a baby sitter.

Kevin’s first impulse was to track down and kill the man who cared for the Woburn family’s three boys. But before he could get out the door, his wife, Gail, convinced him to instead call the police. Within hours, John Burbine was taken into custody. He was eventually convicted of three counts of indecent assault and battery and received a six-month suspended sentence.

Over time, Gail and Kevin managed to distance themselves from memories of Burbine. That changed in shocking fashion late last year when the couple found out their now 49-year-old former baby sitter stood accused of new — and worse — crimes.

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