Two Non-Johns

Another acquitted mug shot man speaks out against his Daily News debut.

By Mike Newall
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Roane says his girlfriend couldn't handle the embarrassment of his picture being in the paper. She left him and took the children.

The tow truck company cut back his hours, says Roane, and business got so bad at a small candy shop he owned at 22nd and Lippincott, he had to close it down.

"People didn't want their kids coming to my shop anymore," he says.

Last month PW featured the plight of Charles Williams, a postal worker and father of two from the Northeast who pleaded with Anderson not to run his picture until he could have his day in court. His mug shot ran before he was found not guilty.

Since then Anderson has updated the cases of Williams and the other mug shot men whose cases have been settled. But she made no specific mention of Roane, even though he'd already been cleared of the charges. She went on to promise future reports "about who gets arrested for this crime and where."

In an interview Monday Anderson said, "My primary concern is for the neighborhoods and the people who are being victimized by the crime of prostitution. Of course there are going to be people found not guilty, and I will absolutely report on that."

She says she would've updated Roane's case in her recent story, but that court records reflecting the outcome of his case were not available by the time the piece went to print. She says an upcoming story will feature an update and Roane's photo.

Local attorney Michael Coard is now representing both Roane and Williams, and says the men will file defamation suits against the Daily News unless "the paper runs a written apology and offers assurances that this will never happen again."

Mike Newall (mnewall@philadelphiaweekly.com) also wrote this week's cover story.

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