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Convicted child molester arrested on suspicion of annoying youth

July 20, 2011 |  9:47 pm

Papas A convicted child molester was arrested Wednesday at a West Whittier library after a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy noticed him annoying a teenage boy, authorities said.

Michael Pappas, 48, of Whittier was taken into custody at Sorensen Library on Broadway. According to authorities, the deputy saw the man suspiciously standing over the boy outside the county branch library about 3 p.m. As the deputy approached, it appeared the boy was nervous and upset, according to investigators.

The boy told the deputy that the man offered to pay him $25 if he would go home with him and help him inject his diabetes medication. The boy refused, but the man continued to ask him to go home with him.

The deputy detained Pappas and discovered he had previous convictions for lewd acts on a child under 14 and annoying a person under 16. He arrested Pappas, who was later booked at the Pico Rivera sheriff's station on suspicion of annoying a child under 16 with a previous conviction.

Pappas is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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Photo: Michael Pappas. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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