Santa Claus volunteer turns out to be a sex offender


Parents in Cleveland, Texas, were none too pleased to learn a man who played Santa Claus at a city Christmas event is a sex offender. Emily Collins told KTRK that she and her kids had a great time at the Saturday event, but she was shocked when “a friend of mine recognized the Santa Claus and informed me… that he is a registered sex offender.” There were two volunteer Santas at the event, according to Your Houston News — one riding in the parade and one posing for photos with children. Cleveland City Manager Dion Miller confirmed with the station that the Santa who posed for photos appears on the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry. The man, whose name has not been released by police, was charged with a sex crime when he was 12 years old and served time for the offense. Because the crime occurred when he was a juvenile, Click 2 Houston reports, his records are sealed. He currently has no restrictions that prohibit him from being around children, though he will remain on the state sex offender registry for five more years. No criminal incidents occurred while the man was working as Santa.