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Paul violates protection order

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Former Erie County auditor Tom Paul spent the night in jail for allegedly violating a protection order his daughter filed against him.

Paul, 61, of the 100 block of Newberry Ave., was charged with violation of a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Paul called his 35-year-old daughter twice at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to an Erie County deputy’s report.

On the first call, his daughter answered the phone without checking who was calling and immediately hung up when she heard her father’s voice. The second call she let go to voicemail, and Paul allegedly left a message.

In that voicemail, which the daughter later played for deputies, Paul asked to speak with his grandson.

“The male continues that he has custody of (the boy) and wants to speak with him now. The male then states that he is aware of his protection order with (his daughter). The male states that if (his daughter) does not let him speak with (the boy) there will be ‘issues’” the report states.

Paul and his wife have custody of the teen, but his daughter told deputies Paul was well aware of the boy’s temporary livingarrangements with her, the report said.

When deputies confronted Paul with his daughter’s complaint Tuesday night, he said he didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to call her. The daughter contends both she and Paul were at court on Monday concerning the protection order, the report said.

In late March, Paul’s daughter applied for a protection order and made criminal allegations against Paul, with whom she and her son were living at the time.

She told Erie County deputies Paul inappropriately displayed and touched himself in front of her and the boy multiple times, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

When detectives and social workers interviewed the teen, he said his mother’s allegations were false, Oliver said.

Paul also denied the allegations.

Deputies forwarded the case to assistant Erie County prosecutor Mary Ann Barylski. As there was no corroborating evidence of the allegations, no criminal charges were filed, Oliver said.

Nonetheless, the protection order was still valid when Paul allegedly called his daughter on Tuesday.

Deputies arrested him Tuesday night and took him to the Erie County jail, where he remained until late Wednesday morning.

Paul served as the Erie County auditor for several years until current auditor Rick Jeffrey bested him at the polls in November 2010.

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