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Judge dismisses assault charges against former Staples president

November 6, 1997

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) _ A judge has dismissed charges against a former Staples Inc. president accused of assaulting a secretary.

Judge Edward J. Reynolds dismissed the case against Martin Hanaka Tuesday in a brief pretrial hearing in Framingham District Court.

Hanaka was arrested on Oct. 7 and charged with assaulting co-worker Cheryl Gordon during an argument at her Framingham apartment. Gordon told police that the two had been in a relationship. Hanaka resigned after the charges were filed.

Gordon’s lawyer, Tom Hoopes, recommended that the charges against Hanaka be dropped. ``In this case the victim would be victimized by going further,″ he said.

Hanaka’s lawyer, Robert Popeo, who filed the motion to dismiss the case, said that Hanaka and Gordon had agreed it would be detrimental to go forward.

Gordon, once a secretary for Hanaka, also resigned after being found in violation of Staples policy, which prohibits romantic relationships between supervisors and subordinates.

Hanaka, who is married, told police that Gordon concocted a bogus extramarital affair so she could blackmail him for a promotion, according to police reports. Although he denied that the affair happened, he told police he gave her more than $10,000 since July to keep quiet.

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