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534 Taken From Polygamist Ranch

Cops arrest one for interfering with evacuation
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 6:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Texas officials have removed 534 people and arrested one in an ongoing raid of a polygamist ranch near Eldorado, the San Angelo Standard-Times reports. But the man they collared is only charged with obstructing the 4-day raid, not committing the rape that sparked it. Meanwhile, at a nearby historical fort, child protection officers continued to interview the 401 kids and 133 women bussed out of the compound since Friday.

Officials expect new evidence of abuse to surface in hearings that will begin tomorrow in the cases of 18 girls taken into custody. Police are also seeking registered sex-offender Dale Barlow, initially named in the search warrant for marrying an underage girl. According to his probation officer, Barlow is hiding out in Arizona, MSNBC reports. (Read more rape stories.)

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