Boy Charged for Mock Sex Act on Jesus Statue
Desecrating a venerated object doesn't go over well in Pennsylvania
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2014 2:46 PM CDT
Not the Jesus statue in question.   (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

(Newser) – You know what simulating a sex act in front of a Jesus statue and posting pictures of it online will get you? In western Pennsylvania, it'll get you criminal charges. A 14-year-old boy is learning that lesson the hard way after he was charged under a little-known Bedford County law that criminalizes desecrating a venerated object. The venerated object in question belongs to Christian group called Love in the Name of Christ, which apparently didn't appreciate the kid's literal interpretation. He's not being named, as he's been charged as a minor and court papers are thus sealed. It's not the first time the law's been trotted out, notes the AP: A college student was also charged after he peed on a nativity scene in 2010.