Mall Santa Charged With Feeling Up Elf
Herbert Jones pleads not guilty to indecent assault, battery
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 26, 2013 12:03 PM CST
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(Newser) – It looks like Santa Claus may be on the naughty list this year: A man who played St. Nick at a Massachusetts mall has been barred from the shopping center after he was charged with groping an 18-year-old woman playing an elf. Herbert Jones was released on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty yesterday to indecent assault and battery. A judge ordered him to stay away from the Hanover Mall and barred him from playing Santa anywhere pending the outcome of his case.

Police say the woman called them Saturday to report that the 62-year-old Jones had pinched her buttocks and made suggestive comments. The two worked at a Santa photo booth. Jones, who has a real bushy white beard, denied touching the woman to police and mall management. (HuffPo has more on Jones, including a photo.)

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Nov 26, 2013 8:40 PM CST
It was Billy Ray Thornbush ("Indecent assault and battery" is worse than the decent kind of assault and battery, isn't it?)
Nov 26, 2013 4:58 PM CST
Safe bet that this 18 year old Elf is now off Santa's Xmas list.
Nov 26, 2013 4:40 PM CST
" ... and what do you want for Christmas, young lady?"