(KPRC) Police were called to a Baytown, Texas fast food restaurant after a registered sex offender was found playing the role of Santa Claus inside.
“We received an anonymous call that morning that this person was a registered sex offender, and that he was playing the role of Santa and had children in his lap for photographs,” said Eric Freed of the Baytown Police Department.
The man was identified as 54-year-old Norman Burbank. Convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy back in 1998, Burbank was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The crime, according to investigators, happened in Ohio but Burbank moved to Texas in 2013.
Officers with the Baytown Police Department handcuffed Burbank and questioned him but ultimately let him go because he wasn’t breaking the law.
“Him putting on a Santa Claus costume and having children in his lap, however unsettling that is for parents to hear, it was not a violation of Texas law,” Freed said.
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