We just had a great story on Monday about a young kid who wanted to see Santa Claus as his last wish and died to hug St. Nick. Now here’s the dark side of the world.
Leonard Russell Kidd should have never attempted to get a job working as Santa Claus with his history. He should have never been around kids, and that’s just the facts.
Parents are naive to a point because when they see a mall Santa, they think everything is fine and safe but these employees dresses as the crimson toy giver are regular everyday people who have problems like everyone else so please watch over your kids in these situations.
A Santa Claus who posed for pictures with pets and interacted with children and families Saturday at a Wytheville Petco store was a man Virginia designated as a sexually violent predator.
Leonard Russell Kidd, 37, of Max Meadows, who was released last year from years of state custody, was supposed to stay away from events where minor children would be present unless he had special permission from his probation officer to attend, according to a conditional release plan filed in Wythe County Circuit Court.
Kidd was convicted of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old and was implicated in the abuse of two other young boys, the conditional release plan said.
Whether that plan became part of the order releasing Kidd from custody was not immediately clear Monday.
Kidd’s probation officer, Mike Montgomery, said Monday that he did not know about the Christmas event. He referred all questions to the Virginia Department of Corrections headquarters in Richmond.
There, spokeswoman Lisa Kinney said conditions of probation are confidential.
“I can tell you that if there is any evidence of a violation the P&P [probation and parole] office will take the necessary action to address it,” Kinney wrote in an email.
Managers at the Wytheville Petco said Monday that Kidd worked there and had played Santa in Saturday’s event.
Child sex offender worked as Santa Claus at Wytheville store, posing for photos and interacting with children https://t.co/z64dKJpUfD
— The Roanoke Times (@roanoketimes) December 13, 2016
Whoever hired this guy should also be fired. There is no excuse, and there shouldn’t be a rush on jobs where you miss something like this ever.
If I were a parent and had a child in this situation, I would be livid because the consequences could have been severe if this guy would have snapped. That chance is always there.
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