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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††††††Date: August 20, 2010

 
 

 

 

 


Piano teacher sentenced for child endangerment

 

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a Highland Park man was sentenced today to serve three years in a New Jersey state prison for endangering the welfare of a 9-year-old girl.

 

††††††††† Franklin Jack Burr II, (DOB 9/16/45) of 114 Johnson Street, Highland Park, also was ordered to register as a sex offender under Meganís Law and was placed on community supervision for life.

 

He was credited with 1,093 days he already has served in prison after he initially was found guilty, but later won a retrial.

 

Burr was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick after being retried and convicted on June 1, 2010 of endangering the welfare of the child.

 

During the second trial that began on May 4, 2010, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua presented evidence and testimony contending that Burr, a private piano instructor, improperly touched the 9-year-old girl on a number of occasions while giving her piano lessons in Edison between November 2002, and January 2004.

 

Burr was arrested and charged following an investigation by then-Sgt. Joseph Shannon of the Edison Police Department and Investigator Lisa Collins of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.

 

Burr initially was convicted in October 2004 of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of the child, and was sentenced to a six-year prison term.

 

He subsequently appealed the conviction and was granted the new trial in June 2008 by an appellate court, which ruled that the judge in the first trial improperly precluded evidence that Burr contends he has a medical condition known as Aspergerís syndrome.

 

The jury in the retrial was unable to decide a count charging Burr with sexual assault. A mistrial was declared on that charge, which will be retried at a later time. No trial date has been set.