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Release* † ††††††Date: August 20, 2010
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* † ††††††Date: August 20, 2010
Piano teacher sentenced for child endangerment
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that
††††††††† 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.
was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves at the Middlesex
County Courthouse in
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
was arrested and charged following an investigation by then-Sgt. Joseph
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.