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Manhattan Beach man arrested after offering cash for urine in school bathroom

An 18-year-old Manhattan Beach man was arrested at Pacific Elementary School on Monday after reports surfaced Friday that he had offered to pay a third-grader for his urine.

Kevin Manuel Duron was taken into custody after reappearing at the elementary school Monday, said Manhattan Beach Police Det. Sgt. Brian Brown.

Duron allegedly entered a boys bathroom on the campus and offered to pay one boy several dollars to urinate into a cup, Brown said.

When he failed to persuade him, police said, he apparently returned for a second try.

Brown said he was struck by the Mira Costa High School graduate's persistence: "I would not have anticipated that he would have gone back again."

Duron might have been collecting the urine to use to pass a drug test, authorities said.

One of the students solicited late last week told a parent, who alerted school officials, who then notified police. When Duron returned to campus Monday, a school employee spotted him and alerted school authorities.

Although originally arrested on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child, the Los Angeles district attorney reduced the severity of the charges to two counts of failing to register with a school office before entering school grounds. He was scheduled to be arraigned in a Torrance courthouse Wednesday.

"These days, nothing surprises me, but it was very unusual case," Brown said. "Soliciting [urine] at an elementary school is a new one to me."

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District said this had never happened before and that school officials followed protocol to notify authorities.

-- Amina Khan

Comments () | Archives (6)

OMG- harassing a little kid for his pee in order to pass a pee test... doesnt get much lower than that.

Well, he could've gotten urine in Michael Jackson's bedroom....Ewwwww!

I guess if want to be certain the urine you submit for a drug test is clean, you might as well enter a school and ask to purchase it from 10 year kids. Because that's the sensible thing to do! Too bad they don't offer citations for stupidity, and then we'd be able to put the guy away for life!

Maybe he was thirsty and wanted some warm lemonade

some streetwise enterprizing kids should charge 50$.enough people need it he could buy his own car at 16.no I don't need it either.In this economy anything goes.

It is sad that he had to go to an elementary school to be sure that he could find clean urine. Jr. High kids' urine is too much of a risk!


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