Mayor Orders Change To Police Rape Report Plans

A North Carolina city's mayor has ordered changes to a police policy that led to a decision not to warn the public about a string of similar and possibly related rapes.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that Mayor Tony Chavonne ordered the city manager to change the policy that police don't disclose reported sexual assaults unless the data is specifically requested.

The city's police department makes reports of other crimes available on its Web site, where the information can be searched by street. Police had made an exception for sexual assaults, saying they needed to be investigated first.

Police said last week seven women in or near Fayetteville have been assaulted since June by an intruder who broke into homes while women were alone at night.

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