Well, what would you say?
Residents of small town in Mississippi said they do not care that its Christmas parade grand marshal has been listed on the sex offender registry in two different states.
Michael Clay Saripkin, a convicted sex offender, served as grand marshal of the Sardis Christmas parade on December 11.
Some residents of the Mississippi town told local media that they saw no problem with Saripkin’s role in the Christmas parade. Carolyn Whaley, owner of The Eclectic Emporium on Main Street, told WMC that everyone in town knew Saripkin was a sex offender and it did not bother her that he had been chosen.
“He’s a very nice, friendly man,” Whaley said. “He has donated more money, helped the fire department, helped the police department, encouraged businesses to come here.”
Saripkin was convicted of sexual battery in 1990 and statutory rape in 1997 and 1998 in Tennessee. He was also convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes by a person of trust in 2013 in Mississippi.
Saripkin was chosen by the Chamber of Commerce in Sardis as the parade’s grand marshal, WMC reported. Sardis Alderman Michael Price told the station that the city was not involved with the parade.
“It wasn’t a city event,” Price said. “City doesn’t authorize the Christmas parade. The chamber has been handling that for years. It wasn’t a city function.”
Story Credit: NewsWeek.com
- Don Stuck