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Sex offender arrested again, accused of having unsupervised contact with minor

CLEARWATER — A former Clearwater resident, who served more than three years in prison on charges of sexually abusing two girls at a slumber party in 2004, has been arrested for violating his sexual offender probation.

Christopher A. Bird, 32, of Bellevue, Wash., returned to Florida and turned himself in on a warrant Tuesday.

In 2005, Bird pleaded no contest to three charges of lewd and lascivious behavior with minors and one charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison, with credit for 421 days he served in jail before the plea agreement. He also received 10 years' sexual offender probation, which prohibits unsupervised contact with minors.

After being released from Sumter Correctional Institution in March 2008, Bird moved to Bellevue, where his probation was being supervised. Last fall, Bird was charged with violating his probation by using alcohol and having "unsupervised and ongoing contact with a female minor," said Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in Florida in late October. Rackleff said Bird voluntarily returned to Florida because of the warrant.

Bird was arrested in May 2004 by Largo police when he went to a girls' sleepover and committed a lewd act with one girl, who was under the age of 16, then sexually battered another girl, who was under the age of 13. He was 26 years old at the time.

Bird had met one of the girls at a mall and had a physical relationship with her. The girl introduced Bird to her friends, and he was invited to a slumber party at one of the friends' homes in a Largo mobile home park.

The parents of the girl hosting the sleepover were at work when the incident happened. They came home as the younger girl was being assaulted, and Bird fled. A parent called police, who arrested Bird a week later.

He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail without bail.

Sex offender arrested again, accused of having unsupervised contact with minor 01/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 6:45pm]
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