‘Manteca Bulletin’ Fires Publisher Amid Reports of Sexual Battery

By: The Associated Press

The owner of the Manteca Bulletin says it fired its publisher following an internal investigation that began after an employee complained about him.

In a statement Tuesday, the daily newspaper says Paul Mahony was terminated on Feb. 10 after more than three years as publisher.

The newspaper says several Bulletin employees have filed complaints related to Mahony’s actions with Manteca police, but did not disclose the nature of those complaints. (Several published reports said the female Bulletin employees had complained of sexual battery.)

The publication plans to cooperate with the ongoing police investigation.

Charles Hill Morris, regional manager with Morris Multimedia, which owns the Bulletin, says, “We took the action in the interest of our employees.”

Mahony could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

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