Mall Santa Charged with Groping 18-Year-Old Elf

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet and already one Massachusetts mall Santa Claus is waging a one-man War on Christmas. 62-year-old Herbert G. Jones was arrested Saturday for allegedly groping an 18-year-old “elf” at the Hanover Mall, where parents have been bringing their children each day to sit on the man’s lap.

“It seems the Santa at the Hanover Mall here, well, was rather naughty and not nice to a co-worker,” Boston’s WBZ reporter Beth Germano said in her report. As the station attempted to interview him at his home Monday, Jones drove away with his middle finger held defiantly in the air.

Jones has been charged with indecent assault and battery after allegedly of pinching the buttocks of a female “elf” co-worker, whose job it is to take photos of the children on his lap. In a statement, Cherry Hill Photo, which employs both Santa and the elf in question, said they had done a background check on the man and that “this allegation has been denied by the individual portraying Santa.”

Jones will not be allowed to return to his job at Santa Claus while he’s out on $1,000 bail and he’s due back in court on December 24th, or as it’s known to him, Christmas Eve.

Watch video below, via WBZ-TV:

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