WESTMINSTER - Police are investigating a suspicious act involving a convicted sex offender who tried talking to some young children on a porch Sunday afternoon.
The incident happened in the Bradburn Village community in Westminster.
Neighbors spotted a man wearing a bright orange sweater hanging around their neighborhood earlier in the day. They say he appeared suspicious.
It wasn't until 11:30 Sunday morning when residents grew weary. According to police, the man saw two kids on the porch of a nearby home. Police say the man walked up to the kids and said, "Hey little girls, come down here."
At that exact moment, the kids' mother walked out and confronted the man. The mother told 9NEWS the man said, "Your daughters are beautiful. I'm filming a movie about God and I want them to be in it."
The father of the children helped detain the man. Eventually police showed up and arrested the man. He was identified as Steven Burmood, a registered sex offender. In the past he had been charged with assault to commit rape and rape by threat.
Investigators brought Burmood to the police station but never charged him. He was later released. Officers say they didn't have enough evidence to prove Burmood's intentions were criminal.
"There was enough for law enforcement to believe that an arrest was appropriate. He was taken into custody, brought to the Westminster Police Department, but instead of being taken to jail where formal charges would have been presented to the district attorney's office, he was released so the police department can do some additional investigations and follow up on the case," said Trevor Materasso with Westminster Police.
After Burmood was released, police found him at a nearby park. Burmood lives two blocks from Ryan Elementary School in Westminster. Police say it is not illegal for him to live near there.
The mother of the children who Burmood approached on Sunday asked police if she could take pictures of Burmood's vehicle once they took him away. His vehicle was parked on the street. Officers told the woman she was allowed to since it was on public property. The mother told 9NEWS she looked inside his vehicle and saw lollipops and rope.
Burmood was spotted in the same neighborhood a week before and tried talking to a little boy, according to police.
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