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Sex offender accused of luring children with pet parrot might have other victims, police say

March 7, 2011 |  7:08 am
Sex Offender Michael DeSilva was arrested for trying to entice kids with his parrot, "Mango". (Courtesy Huntington Beach Police)

After arresting a registered sex offender who is accused of using his pet parrot as a lure for young children, police are seeking any additional victims of the man.

Authorities are urging anyone who saw the suspect in the Huntington Beach Pier area -- and parents who believe their child came in contact with the man -- to call Huntington Beach police at (714) 960-8825. Police released a photo of both Michael Joseph DeSilva, 65, of Newport Beach, and his parrot.

DeSilva was arrested and booked into the Huntington Beach jail on Saturday. The parrot, named Mango, was taken by Orange County animal control officers, police said.

Authorities received a call about 4:15 p.m. of a suspicious man near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway who was talking to children and trying to get them to play with the parrot.

When police arrived, there were no children present, but upon questioning the man they determined he was a registered sex offender.

After contacting his probation officer, police concluded that, based on his activity, DeSilva had violated his probation, Lt. Russell Reinhart said.

 -- Carla Rivera

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