Sex offender faces charges for playing Santa

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 62-year-old Ketchikan man faces possible revocation of his probation for playing Santa Claus. Roger L. Bailey was convicted in 1995 of felony sexual abuse of a minor, and his probation limits his contact with children.

According to an affidavit filed in court by the Ketchikan adult probation office, Bailey had children on his lap during a Dec. 22 Christmas party at the Saxman Salvation Army Church.

Witnesses told Alaska State Troopers that Bailey had dressed as Santa Claus earlier as well, entered residences and held children on his lap as he passed out candy canes.

Bailey did not tell parents of the children or Salvation Army officials that he was a convicted sex offender who was not allowed to be around children, according to the affidavit.

As part of his probation, Bailey was ordered to have no contact with children younger than 16 without approved adult supervision until his probationary period ends in May 2004.

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