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Graffiti targets businesses, sex offender

5-18-2009 New Hampshire:

PORTSMOUTH — At least seven Islington Street businesses were painted with grafitti over the weekend, some with messages targeting a sex offender from the area.

“Charly Paul rapes children 20 years get out of town,” someone painted on the side of Kline's furniture.

“Charly Paul is a monster,” was painted on one side of Olde Port Traders, while the other side was tagged with the message, “Charly Paul get out of our town.”

The messages target Charles Paul, 43, whose last known address is the Brewster Street rooming house, in the same area of the vandalized businesses. Paul was convicted of two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Rockingham County Superior Court in February of 1987 for raping a North Hampton girl “and leaving her for dead,” retired Capt. Janet Champlin told the Herald last August.

“Obviously it’s somebody who has something to do with that case,” Police Lt. Rodney McQuate said Monday. “We’ll be looking at that.”

Police were notified about the first instance of graffiti at 8:04 a.m. Saturday when walls at Olde Port Traders, Robbins Auto and Kline's furniture were reported as vandalized. Shortly after, a message was found scrawled on a wall at Celebrity Sandwich reading, “Charly Paul rapes children.”

An officer then found a large symbol spray-painted on the side of the closed Getty station and more at Washburn Plumbing. Safeway Storage on McDonough Street was also tagged and all of the graffiti was made with black spray paint.

McQuate said police seek information from anyone else who owns property damaged by graffiti. He said if the person is caught, they will be charged with a felony because the cost of the damage exceeds $1,000.

Anyone with information is urged to call the anonymous Crime Stoppers line at 431-1199, or visit the Crime Stoppers Web site. ..News Source.. by Elizabeth Dinan

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