Child sex of­fender worked as Santa Claus at pet store

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Em­ploy­ees at a Wytheville pet store say a con­victed child sex of­fender worked as Santa Claus at the store over the week­end, in­ter­act­ing with chil­dren while pos­ing for pic­tures with pets.

The Roanoke Times re­ported that court doc­u­ments show Leonard Rus­sell Kidd, 37, of Max Mead­ows, pleaded guilty in 2002 to sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a 6-year-old boy. He was re­leased from pri­son last year.

His con­di­tional re­lease says he must stay away from events where chil­dren would be present un­less he has his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer’s per­mis­sion.

Kidd’s pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer, Mike Mont­gomery, said he didn’t know about the Satur­day event at Petco.

Petco spokes­woman Lisa Stark said Kidd is no longer at Petco.

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