When Michael Paul Jacobs was hired to wear a Pennsylvania mall Easter Bunny costume, it apparently never came up that he was a registered violent sex offender. Jacobs was fired once the company found out, but now he is publicly defending himself, claiming his only crime was "consensual sex" with a younger teen girl.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, in Florida there is a sex offender village set up by churches. Another convicted sex offender named Timothy Poole won the lottery, but his young victims took him to court over the money.
According to Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website, Michael Paul Jacobs is listed as a "sexually violent predator" whose crime was committed in 2010 and included "unlawful contact or communication with a minor." In 2013, Jacobs was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 19-years-old at the time.
But Jacobs says there is more to the story and believes being listed as a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania should not prevent him from working with kids in an Easter Bunny costume.
"I can understand, you know, where they're coming from, about them being upset. But what a lot of people need to realize is, you know, I wasn't put in jail for touching little kids," Jacobs said, according to Fox 13. "My case — it revolved around having consensual sex when I was a teenager myself, with another teenager. Because I'm on Megan's Law, everybody looks at me different, and this is where I have trouble getting a job. And just, I didn't touch no kids or anything like that."
The Pennsylvania man says he never hid his convictions when applying for the Easter Bunny costume job, and he claims the job application did not ask for any details about a criminal background. The Westmoreland Mall has released a statement which says, "It is regrettable that one of their local employees failed to follow their stringent background screening procedures."
Now that Michael Paul Jacobs has lost his job wearing the Easter Bunny costume, he is completely out of work. He also believes people should not be judging him for being listed as a violent sex offender on the Megan's Law website.
"I think it's messed up that people judge me for me just being on that site, basically," he said.
Do you think a mall should ever allow a registered sex offender to be the Easter Bunny, regardless of circumstances?
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