Charge dismissed against Hawaii Census worker arrested for trespassing while handing out forms

A part-time U.S. Census worker in Hawaii arrested for trespassing while handing out government forms won't be prosecuted, following a deal that dismisses a charge against him.

The settlement at federal court in Honolulu on Thursday also requires that local police be better trained in how to deal with Census workers.

Fifty-seven-year-old Russell Haas says he hopes the case prevents similar arrests of other Census workers across the country.

Haas was arrested March 20 after he entered the property of a Big Island resident, a county police officer, who refused to accept Census forms.

The misdemeanor trespassing charge could have brought maximum penalties of a $1,000 fine and 30 days in prison.