Santa is a convicted sex offender
Round up the usual suspects:
Residents of a Texas town are fearful and outraged. They’ve discovered that a man playing Santa Claus and inviting children to sit in his lap is a registered sex offender…
“We received an anonymous call … that this person was a registered sex offender and that he was playing the role of Santa and that he had children in his lap for photographs,” says Eric Freed with the Baytown Police Department.
The Santa sex offender was 54-year-old Norman Burbank. In 1998, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy. Investigators say the crime happened in Ohio, but Burbank recently moved to Texas and worked at a McDonald’s…
“Him putting on a Santa Claus costume and having children sit on his lap — as unsettling as it is for parents — it’s not a violation of Texas law,” Freed says.
“Unless you are on parole or probation — and that includes a stipulation that you not be around children younger than 17 — I think our viewers would be shocked to know there is no legal prohibition, no law to a convicted sex offender playing Santa,” says KPRC Local 2 legal analyst Brian Wice.
All Santa’s are horrifying. Burbank gives parents a reason to say ‘No, sonny, Santa is a pervert and not worth standing in line for.”