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Santa Claus Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Woman At the Mall

 

BostonMagazine.com

By Steve Annear
November 25, 2013
 
EXCERPT:
 
 
Police said the bearded man was in full uniform when he reportedly grabbed a female co-worker.
 
A man playing Santa Claus at the Hanover Mall was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly grabbed an employee’s behind while in his costume.
 
According to police, Herbert Jones, 62, of Assonet, who works as a Santa Claus at the mall in Hanover, was taken into custody by officers after they were called to Santaland to investigate an indecent assault. When officers arrived, the victim told police that Jones allegedly pinched her buttocks.
 
Jones was arraigned in court on Monday, and told that he could no longer perform his duties as Santa at the mall.
 
Police, who called the arrest the “Santa caper” when contacted by Boston, said they responded to the incident around 5:21 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.
 
When they arrived, the victim—identified as “an adult” by police— told officers that Jones allegedly “reached up and grabbed her” as she passed by him in his chair. “The alleged victim is an adult who is not an individual that was photographed at the Santa Claus display,” police said.
 
Jones denied the claims, but was arrested by police for indecent assault and battery on a woman over age 14. The clerk magistrate set bail at $1,000. Jones posted bail and was arraigned at the Hingham District Court on Monday.
 
Jones is employed by Cherry Hill Photos as the Santa Claus at Hanover Mall. The alleged victim was also an employee of the company.
 
In a statement, the company, based in New Jersey, said they were aware of the allegations and Jones’ subsequent arrest. “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. The investigation is ongoing,” the statement said.
 
 
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The Santa who works for Cherry Hill in Hanover Ma. At the Hanover mall was arrested or assaulting a female employee of the photo company. The court ordered the Santa not to appear as Santa for the duration of the season and has been barred from the mall. He is due back in court on Dec 24th.

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Ricky Claus

He should be banned from portraying Santa. That's not a figure I would want my children image of the Jolly guy to be. I have had my share of women wanting their pictures with Santa, but I keep it professional and fun with no harm or wrong gestures.

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Santa TJS

He will be in court on Dec 24th like Miracle on 34th St. The press will have a field day. The female employee said he pinched her but. Now the company is looking at her for shortage of money in he ill according to the news report

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Ricky Claus

Wow. Well if we can get the whole story we would know for sure. But if it was a way to get back at the company or draw attention away from her to gain a profit then she can be on the naughty list. And that Santa if not guilty then bless his heart.

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Santa TJS

And the whole court appearance was televised.

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Chris Capstone

What a mess.  I hope it doesn't go national.

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Santa TJS

Was on. Channel 5 Boston which is a major city

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Felix Estridge

Here is the new story.

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Morgan Putnam

More than anything else, I hope he IS innocent and is found that way/charges dropped.  And she's a thief blowing a smoke screen.

 

If that's not the reality... it's just not good.

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Santa TJS

The news loves this stuff,but the guy can't even refute this until Christmas Eve

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Santa Marty

This just smells fishy to me.  I would love to hear how it turns out however, that is usually not news worthy.

 

Amazing what can happen to your Santa season, with just a hint of impropriety, and an accusation.

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Michael Rielly
Hanover Mall Santa charged with pinching employee’s buttock
 
By Neal Simpson
The Patriot Ledger
Nov 25, 2013
 
HANOVER — A man who plays Santa Claus at the Hanover Mall was in Hingham District Court on Monday morning after being arrested over the weekend for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately.
 
The man, Herbert G. Jones, 62, of 17E Public St., Assonet, was arraigned on a count of indecent assault and battery on a woman over age 14. Judge Francis Marini set bail at $1,000 and prohibited Jones from going near the Hanover Mall or playing Santa Clause anywhere else for the rest of the holiday season.
 
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Jones is due back in court Dec. 24, Christmas Eve.
 
According to a police report on file at the court, officers were contacted Saturday by a woman who said Jones had pinched her buttocks while she was working for a photo company that takes pictures of children with Santa at the center of the mall. She said Jones denied touching her when she told her manager.
 
The woman told police that Jones had previously told her that he wished “you were a few years older and I was younger,” the report said.
 
Another employee of the photography company told police that she saw Jones reach behind the other woman, but wasn’t sure if he touched her, police said. Both women said they felt uncomfortable after the incident and quit working for the company.
A manager for the company told police that the woman who reported the alleged assault had been unhappy all day because she was questioned earlier about some money missing from the booth.
 
When police located Jones in his changing room, he told them “I did not touch that girl,” according to the report. Police noted that Jones was escorted out of the mall wearing street clothes, not his Santa suit.
 
 

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Michael Rielly

On top of all that he flipped off the reporter trying to interview him. Great example of Santa Claus.  :verymad:

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Ricky Claus

That helps me understand the story better. I was looking for it. Either case this is sticky in Santaville. It will set a bad example. What would Richard Attenborough tell this Santa. I hate this kind of conception because it falls on all of us. I really wish there was a way to control this better. I have thought of many things to help build more to Santa but those are currently disclosed until I speak with some Senior Santas for their thoughts and opinions. That and time will be a big part as well.

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NYSanta

I saw this report here in NY, The first written report out the mgr of the photo company said the employee was in a bad mood an on edge all day after he questioned her about missing money from the previous days business. The later reports show the yellow journalism by leaving off these facts out making Santa out as a Dirty old man. I don't know if he did or not and don't know if the girl who was only 18 took money or not but it is a shame that the Judge automatically took the side of the girl and took away the lively hood of this Santa for the season and for seasons to come. This can happen to any of us at the snap of the finger and would hope that with all the years we put into this our friends out there would not be so quick to judge without all the facts   

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SantaStephen

But how vulnerable is every Santa? Regardless of past history and current actions, it can easily boil down to a "He said -She said" type of situation and, at least while it is being investigated and perhaps adjudicated, the accused is taken down a notch or two.  There is little to no way to protect yourself from this type of complaint.

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Shannon

I'm not going to make any assumptions about this fellow's guilt or innocence, but I have ask, whatever happened to the "presumption of innocence"? They have splashed around his name, address, and picture and painted him as guilty in the stories: I can't imagine he'll ever work as Santa again, regardless of the verdict. It's chilling to think of the damage one accusation can wreak. I have MANY occasions when I am on set with just one female assistant and no one else in sight. Can you imagine if you're working with a high school girl, she decides she doesn't much like you (for whatever reason, teens don't need GOOD reasons!), the set is too cold, she's not making enough money, and she'd much rather spend the weekend with her new boyfriend. One word of suggested impropriety and suddenly she's free and Santa is in chains. Pretty scary. Again, not commenting on THIS case, just on our general vulnerability.

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KKringle

Sad. Very Sad. The radio stations around here are making a field day of it. 

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Santa TJS

Waiting to clear this up on Dec 24th just leaves it a mess. The Santa in question has been silenced and if he is innocent public opinion is already against him. Flipping off the TV camera did not help his case.

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Elf Without Jingles

Well, y'know, this guy reminds me again --- and I don't know how many times I've had to tell this story --- about that Santa in Woodland Hills, California, who was also employed by Cherry Hill Photo. Seems there was this woman from the nearby town of Calabasas who brought her baby son to see Santa at a local mall in Woodland Hills. Suddenly the guy says, "I will not imprison your child." The lady is taken aback by this, and then starts to complain, at which point the Santa in question totally loses it and says, "I don't care what you think about me, I am the best person in the world. I am good!"

 

Then, literally, he takes off his entire suit --- the belt, the top portion, everything --- with the parents and children watching him --- and he runs off from the set. The mall manager is surprised by this, and she immediately summons security guards. They escort the man from the premises and then tells them that Santa's been fired. Even in that incident, Cherry Hill Photo execs had no comment. Lesson to be learned: look for signs of emotional and/or psychological stress; I would follow Tim Connaghan's advice and simply de-stress yourself. It's that important, kids.

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Curtis E Santa

Wow! Innocent or not, the "obscene gesture" to the cameras may as well have been a shout of "I'm guilty!". Now on the other hand, there is the possibility that this man didn't do the gesture. One would have to see the video without the "blurring" to be sure. Chances are though, that he did the gesture. That's not good at all. He probably no longer cares what people think of him and knows that his days of working as Santa are over. It's really a sad story no matter how you look at it.

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Santa Postman Pat

Last year, I was telling a guy to use his DIAPHRAM to HO ! HO ! HO! & the "boss" thought I was discussing birth control with the elves.

 

 

In our business, you have to be very careful to avoid ANY misunderstandings.

 

 

This is a sad commentary for the season's start & I hope for the best for all parties.

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Felix Estridge

...and now we have our own kind publicizing this on Facebook.  Just leave it alone, people.

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Nick Hudson

It hit hard I. Kansas city today I was asked all day.

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Santa Caras

He forgot the #1 rule of leaving your hands in sight! Even with that he messed up with the hand gesture. I would show up for the cameras in full regalia with a contrite posture on how Santa would never do that (if innocent). Now if guilty, then I'd just pull the dirt over myself and disappear forever!

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