https://wsvn.com/news/local/bad-santa-florida-deputies-arrest-registered-sex-offender-accused-of-working-as-santa-for-hire/

So this registered sex offender has been playing Santa for years right under our noses?

Well this guy claims that although he’s an offender, he didn’t realize that doing this particular job was a violation of his parole.

How could it not be? The object of the initial arrest for sexually assaulting a child would be, STAY AWAY FROM CHILDREN! Not, pretend to be Santa and try to get as close to kids as possible. He has a photo of himself in his Christmas get up with an innocent child on his lap advertised on Craigslist. He’s contracting himself out to be Santa at all types of events and yet he doesn’t see the problem with it.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WSVN) — Deputies in central Florida say a registered sex offender posted advertisements online as a professional Santa Claus.

WOFL reports that 48-year-old Robert Kendel used the name “Santa Bob” in ads on Craigslist, with a photo showing him dressed up as Santa Claus with a child on his lap.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Kendel is a registered sex offender, convicted of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 12 back in 1993.

People may look at the date and say it’s been years and that we should give him another chance. Really? Why would we give someone another chance who sexually abused a child? Maybe he’s changed you say. But what type of person does this to a child?

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies said they received a tip that Kendel was dressing up as Santa for holiday parties.

One investigator posed as someone interested in hiring Kendel for an event. Deputies arrested him once he arrived to the staged party, wearing his full costume of a red suit, black boots and a fake white beard.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Kendel told authorities he didn’t know he had to report his work as Santa as part of his sex offender requirements. He has reportedly been paid for appearances at private events since 2009.