Sex offender arrested after posing as Santa Claus

5 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, December 18 2014 Dec 18, 2014 Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:42:00 PM CST December 18, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Authorities said a sex offender has been arrested after performing as Santa Claus for Kansas City area children.

The Jackson County Sheriff's said in a news release Thursday that the 50-year-old man faces a charge of failing to register as a sex offender for not reporting his employment. The man was booked into jail Wednesday and bond was set at $20,000.

The release said the man was arrested after authorities received a confidential tip.

The sheriff's office told KCTV that the man worked in customer service at a home decor store and would at times interact with customers while dressed up as Santa. The name of the business wasn't released.

The man was convicted in 1992 and 1998 in California on sex-related charges including child molestation and indecent exposure.

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