It seems like each year we hear about at least one Santa becoming a little too handsy – and this year is no different.
A Santa, Herbert G. Jones, 62, in Hanover Mall is facing serious charges as allegations have been made that he had pinched the behind a woman photographer that was acting as his elf. The woman also claimed that the Santa had made the statement that he, “wished he was younger.”
Luckily police have released that no children were around during the time of the incident, but the man will be charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.
Santa denies the claim stating that he instead meant to pull his hand away to avoid contact with the woman’s behind.
The two work for a company called Cherry Hill Photo that has recently released the following statement:
We have been made aware that an allegation of improper conduct has been lodged against the person portraying Santa at Hanover Mall by another employee working at the Santa photography concession. This allegation has been denied by the individual portraying Santa.
A spokesperson for Cherry Hill Photo has informed us that a comprehensive background report had been completed on the individual portraying Santa. The report indicates that he is clear of any prior arrests or convictions.
Parents throughout the area are very distraught after learning about Jones’ actions saying, “When you’re involved in a job with a lot of kids, you don’t want kids to be around someone like that.” Parents are also puzzled as to why the Santa was there before thanksgiving.
As if Santa didn’t have enough to do on Christmas Eve, he is expected to be in court.
What would you do if your neighborhood children had been sitting on this man’s lap?