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Monday, December 13, 2010

Maurice Van Buren, Sex Offender, Charged With Impersonating Salvation Army Bell-Ringer

Posted By on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8:25 AM

click to enlarge Maurice Van Buren, 47, is charged with being a bad bell-ringer
  • Maurice Van Buren, 47, is charged with being a bad bell-ringer

A Bay Area man has taken the express route to bad karma following a Friday bust for allegedly impersonating a Salvation Army bell-ringer and pocketing the money.

Maurice Van Buren, 47, is still in custody at Solano County Jail facing an embezzlement charge. He'd recently been dismissed from his job as a bell-ringer after a background check revealed he was a convicted sex offender. 

The Vacaville man lasted only one day on the job -- but is charged with setting up on his own after that. Van Buren apparently pried a Salvation Army logo off a food box and used a cooking pot as his Salvation Army kettle.

After two weeks of allegedly impersonating a Salvation Army bell-ringer, Van Buren was tracked down via the GPS device he is mandated to wear as a sex offender.

Van Buren has been convicted in the past of rape by force; lewd or lascivious acts with a child under age 14; and oral copulation with a person under 14. He is now facing parole violation charges.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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