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Sex offender balloon artist walks free because he did not charge while entertaining young kids

By Mason White 2:05 PM September 17, 2017
Larry Emerson Valentine
Larry Emerson Valentine
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A man found a way to circumvent his order to stay away from kids by making balloons at a venue, where he was not invited and he was not paid.

Larry Emerson Valentine of Nashville, Tennessee, who referred to himself as “Mr. Twisty,” worked as a balloon artist.

He made balloon animals and hats for children at festivals and

However, after he was convinced as a sex offender, Valentine was banned from doing any work that involves children. He was also ordered to stay away from parks.

One day, people spotted Valentine speaking to children and making balloons for them at the Nashville Sounds baseball game.

Security guards were notified and Valentine was ordered to leave the venue. He was also charged with violating his probation.

Valentine‚Äôs attorney, Brett Horst, said that his client did not violate the order as he was not “working” that day.

Valentine was not hired to entertain children and he did not receive tips for making the balloons. Horst also argued that the stadium is not considered a park.

Judge Sam Coleman ultimately dismissed the charges against Valentine.

Judge Coleman defended his actions, and said that “the law is what it is. It is not up to me to sit up here and be emotional about one side or the other.”