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Man posed as reporter to try to take photos of girls, police say

September 4, 2012 |  6:28 pm

A Thousand Oaks man has been arrested after he allegedly posed as a reporter to try to take photos and videos of underage girls, authorities said Tuesday afternoon.

Christopher Allen Burton, 36, "identified himself as working for a local newspaper and offered money to the victims for their photographs," the Thousand Oaks Police Department said in a statement. In another incident, he offered a girl money to shoot video footage, according to police.

The two incidents allegedly occurred last week near Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks high schools after Burton approached the victims in his black truck. "The females were frightened by Burton's behavior, went home and reported the incidents to their parents," police said.

Police said Burton was arrested at his home on suspicion of child annoyance.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Luna at (805) 494-8229.


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