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Friday, September 8, 2006

Assault alleged at Newton bookstore

NEWTON

A 9-year-old girl says she was the victim of an indecent assault at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton, making her the third girl to report such an attack at the business since June 2005, police said yesterday.

The latest alleged assault occurred on Sept. 1 at about 7:30 p.m., when the girl walked unaccompanied through the 49-year-old bookstore's juvenile section, Newton police said.

The girl described her assailant as a white man with red, curly hair, a goatee, and a light-blue shirt. She said the man fled the bookstore afterward.

Steve Gans, the bookstore's chief operating officer, said they have taken measures to find the suspect, such as installing security cameras throughout the building. He said the bookstore has turned over video images to police. Anyone with information is asked to call Newton's detective bureau at 617-796-2104 or the department's tips line at 617-796-2121.

-- Globe City & Region staff

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