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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
534 Taken From Polygamist Ranch
Police arrested one man for interfering with the duties of a public servant today, as Child Protective Services removed more than 400 children from the polygamist sect ranch near Eldorado, Texas.   (AP Photo)

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. (More rape stories.)

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