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Child Rapist Drops Plans For Political Comeback

March 2, 1989

CARVER, Mass. (AP) _ A child rapist who hoped to win re-election to his job as town constable after being released from prison withdrew his candidacy Thursday.

August Barros’ candidacy had created a furor in Carver and prompted two other candidates to run for the post, which does not come with police powers or a town salary and consists mostly of delivering legal documents.

Barros, 66, had filed nomination papers signed by 50 people on Feb. 9. Thursday morning he submitted a letter requesting that his nomination be withdrawn, said town clerk Bernadette Hemingway.

A woman answering the telephone at Barros’ home confirmed Barros had withdrawn from the race, but referred questions to the town clerk.

Barros was constable from 1982 until his conviction in September 1987.

Massachusetts law forces elected officials to resign when convicted of felonies, but nothing prevents them from seeking office when they get out of prison.

Barros pleaded guilty in 1987 to two counts of raping a child. He was sentenced to 20 years at the state prison in Concord on the first count, with one year to be served and the remainder of the time suspended. On the second count, he was given a three- to five-year suspended sentence.