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Sex offender allegedly lured kids with parrot

Huntington Beach police arrested a registered sex offender for allegedly trying to get kids to play with a pet parrot he had.

March 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Huntington Beach police arrested a registered sex offender Saturday for allegedly trying to get children to play with a pet parrot he was holding.

Police said Michael Joseph DeSilva, 65, of Newport Beach, was near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach about 4:15 p.m. when witnesses saw him talking with and encouraging children to play with a small parrot he was calling Mango.

Arriving officers said they did not see DeSilva contacting any children, but through their investigation found out he was a registered sex offender.

DeSilva's probation officer informed police that DeSilva was violating his probation.

DeSilva was booked at the Huntington Beach Police Department city jail.