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    Changing How Foxboro Police Respond to Allegations

    Leaders in Foxboro are proposing changes to how police respond to allegations of sexual abuse involving children.

    (Published Thursday, March 7, 2019)

    Authorities in Foxboro, Massachusetts, are pushing for changes to the way police respond to allegations of sexual abuse involving children.

    Foxboro Police Chief William Baker admits the two-page proposal he wrote will be met with criticism years after allegations against former teacher William Sheehan.

    "We're either serious in the post-Sheehan era about protecting children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation or we're not," said Baker.

    The policy he drafted is for the town's Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Committee. It would change the way they react to accusations of sexual abuse toward children that do not rise to the level of criminal charges.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published 3 hours ago)

    "What we're trying to do is fill a gap — a critical gap," said Baker.

    As drafted, if there is "reasonable suspicion" someone is involved in predatory behavior, they could be banned from town properties where they'd be near children.

    "If you were interacting with children as a youth coach, for example, we would try to prevent you from having access to any town-owned facilities where you would be performing that roll," said Baker.

    The proposal is a response to a lawsuit against the town involving Sheehan, who was accused of sexually abusing children decades ago. He was never criminally charged.

    The lawsuit said the town gave Sheehan "free reign" with "inadequate oversight."

    If the proposal is approved, the police, town manager and board of selectmen would decide if the evidence is enough to warrant a ban.

    YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    [NATL] YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    Machelle Hackney of Maricopa, Arizona, is accused of forcing her adopted children to participate in her YouTube channel and abusing them if they did not recall their lines or perform as directed. Hackney's channel had accrued hundreds of millions of views since she joined in 2012.

    (Published 4 hours ago)

    "The standard of proof in these settings is different," said Baker. "The standard of proof in a criminal case is without a reasonable doubt. The standard to apply a disinvite notice, or to try and do something to prevent perpetrators from having to access to children in a civil context, is much less than beyond a reasonable doubt."

    The child abuse committee will now discuss the proposal and the board of selectmen will then vote on it.

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