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By Maureen Boyle
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Posted Nov 03, 2008 @ 06:10 PM

Paul E. Battaglia, 55, of Melanie Lane, is charged with rape of a child with force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, accosting and annoying a person of the opposite sex, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

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A city man is accused of posing as a health teacher on the phone and convincing an 11-year-old girl to perform sex acts, police said.
Paul E. Battaglia, 55, of Melanie Lane, is charged with rape of a child with force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, accosting and annoying a person of the opposite sex, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
He was arraigned Friday in Brockton District Court, ordered held without bail and sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for an evaluation.
Authorities said Battaglia drives a Brockton Area Transit bus and has been on leave since early October. He is also the vice president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1547.
He was arrested Friday following an investigation launched in August by police into allegations that a man had called a Brockton home, claiming to be an elementary school health teacher, and convinced a child to perform sex acts on the phone.
Lt. John Crowley, chief of detectives, said police were initially called by the mother of two girls, ages 11 and 7, about the incident.
Officer Carmen Vasquez went to the home, spoke with the children and obtained details about what the man asked one of the girls and what he asked her to do while on the phone, Crowley said.
The child was very upset and crying, he said.
Police were able to identify a suspect in the case after obtaining a subpoena for phone records, he said.
The suspect did not know the child.
Police first spoke with the suspect Oct. 6, and then a few days later were summoned to the house after being told the man had taken pills, Crowley said..
When police arrived, officers learned he had a .22 caliber pistol and was pointing it at himself. Lt. Bruce Ziedman spoke with the suspect and was able to convince the man to put the weapon down, Crowley said.
However, the suspect then grabbed the gun again, but Zeidman was able to wrestle the weapon away as it went off. One round hit the living room wall, he said.
Crowley said police are now checking to see if any other children had been called by someone posing as a health teacher.
A case slightly similar grabbed national headlines several years ago after a caller convinced managers at several fast food restaurants locally and across the country to strip-search female employees.

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