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Man reportedly stole newspapers that detailed criminal charges against him

Posted: 09/23/09 at 11:13 pm

TAUNTON, Mass. -- A man accused of sexual assault went to great lengths to keep people from reading about it in the local paper.

Roland Hill was charged with raping a child and his wife Mary was charged with reckless endangerment of a child.

He was released on bail and when the story of his arraignment hit the Taunton Daily Gazette, he reportedly attempted to keep people from reading it.

Police said Hill bought out all the stores he could throughout the downtown area and emptied a number of honor boxes.

Police caught up with him near the Taunton Daily Gazette.

“Mr. Hill was found apparently, according to police and according to my boss who happened upon him that morning with many hundreds of newspapers in his van,” said Charles Winokoor, the reporter who wrote the article about Hill. “As uncomfortable as it makes anyone, news is news, and that’s the way it goes.”

Police said that he will not face any additional charges because he was able to produce receipts for many of the papers that he had in the van.

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