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Vandals Clip Library Book Photos

October 11, 1997

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) _ Library officials at universities across the state say vandals have cut photographs of boys out of hundreds of books.

``It’s really disturbing,″ said Mary Beth Zachary, head of access services at Bowling Green State University. ``Some razoring of books in libraries happens all the time. The volume of books in the case and the pattern are just incredible.″

More than 200 vandalized books have been found at Bowling Green alone. When workers borrowed copies from other libraries, they found many of the missing pictures depicted young males.

Similar acts of vandalism have been reported at Ohio State University, Ohio University, Kent State University, Youngstown State University and the University of Akron.

``Oddly enough, some of the pictures were cut right out of photo collages containing many people, but they only clipped the picture of the boy,″ said Bill Studer, director of libraries at Ohio State.

``It’s strange, too, that these pictures are not X-rated. They’re not pedophile material.″

The vandals have targeted a wide range of books, including children’s books, fine arts books and health and medical books, said Mark Moziejko, a supervisor at Ohio State’s Main Library. Books featuring Middle Eastern and Asian pictures were also cut up, he said.

So far, Moziejko said, only libraries at universities in Ohio have found books with the missing pictures of young boys. Libraries in neighboring states have been warned about the vandals, he said.

Library officials suspect that someone is getting information off the Internet about books with pictures of young males, then removing the photos, Studer said. Others think the pictures are being collected by a disturbed group or individual.

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