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Cape Girardeau County Santa Claus charged with child sex crimes

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Cape Girardeau County Santa Claus charged with child sex crimes

by Crystal Britt - KAIT8 News
Aug, 12, 2015
 
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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau County man, who has played the role of Santa Claus, faces child sex crime charges.

 

Jeffrey Moffat, 55, is behind bars on $50,000 cash only bond.

 

He's charged with first degree statutory rape, for having sex with a person under the age of 14.

Moffat is also charged with first degree statutory sodomy.
 
According to local law enforcement, Moffat has played the role of Santa in the Jackson area for nearly two decades.
Heartland News has learned that Moffat was the Santa Claus on the Iron Mountain Railway in Jackson on the Polar Express.
 
According to the probable cause statement, Moffat is accused of touching a 6-year-old girl inappropriately on more than one occasion.
During an medical interview and examination, the child reportedly disclosed that Moffat had sexual intercourse with her.
According to the court documents, the incidents happened at Moffat's home in Cape Girardeau County.
 
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According to the probable cause, Moffat denied touching the child in a sexual manner, but said at the conclusion of the interview that "Children don't lie".
Moffat is due in court on August 18, 2015.
 
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Edited by Michael Rielly
Edited to follow news reporting format.

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Felix Estridge

Wow...the depths of depravity for someone who garnered the trust of children.  It infuriates me to no end.

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Carlo Klemm

Once again, Santa Claus is tied into something that happened at a residence. Not known if that was as a Santa or otherwise. Still despicable but Santa gets a bad rap again in the media. 

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Bestemor Claus

speechless and saddened.

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Chris Capstone

Extermination is the way to deal with vermin.

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Santa Jim LSU Fan

Sickening and Heartbreaking.

 

Pray for swift justice.

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Ol Santa

Just a question, Y'all...

 

        ..Ol' Santa here.    Look, I know it happened and that's bad enough...but do we have to report that kind of

stuff here on ClausNet?   I'd like to keep this website on the up-beat side of things.   Does anyone else agree

with me?

 

Ol' Santa

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Carlo Klemm

IMHO... I will keep reporting these because  WE need to know, especially those who live near the area and people are aware that they too are a Santa. Hate to have anyone blindsided on the street and not know. .

Yes a big blemish on Santa because some media related the two, but forewarned is forearmed.

I am no ostrich. Sorry the bad comes with the good. 

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Felix Estridge

Just a question, Y'all...

 

        ..Ol' Santa here.    Look, I know it happened and that's bad enough...but do we have to report that kind of

stuff here on ClausNet?   I'd like to keep this website on the up-beat side of things.   Does anyone else agree

with me?

 

Ol' Santa

I spoke with Mike and these stories will continue to be posted.  We need to know about this stuff.  Hiding your head in the sand is no way to address issues when asked.  And believe me, we can easily get asked about it.

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Carlo Klemm

Thank you for your support. I do not like writing or rewriting these stories but if you don't want to read them, just pass them by. 
It pains me as much to deliver these stories as it does to report on the passing of a brother or sister in red. 

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Michael Rielly

Just a question, Y'all...

 

        ..Ol' Santa here.    Look, I know it happened and that's bad enough...but do we have to report that kind of

stuff here on ClausNet?   I'd like to keep this website on the up-beat side of things.   Does anyone else agree

with me?

 

Ol' Santa

We have always posted these types of news stories. I think it is important to shine a light on these issues.

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SCSanta

As much as it sickens me to know about these things happening, I certainly need to know so I can be prepared. Knowledge is a good thing, and perhaps the only way to keep these things from happening.

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Ol Santa

I'd just prefer to keep things on a more positive note!   So, I bow to your wishes

 

Ol' Santa

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Chris Capstone

Just a question, Y'all...

 

        ..Ol' Santa here.    Look, I know it happened and that's bad enough...but do we have to report that kind of

stuff here on ClausNet?   I'd like to keep this website on the up-beat side of things.   Does anyone else agree

with me?

 

Ol' Santa

We need to know about this stuff. It affects our indusrty. If you don't want to read news post of this type then don't click on them. It's unpleasant but it is also the reality.

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Elf Without Jingles

IMHO... I will keep reporting these because  WE need to know, especially those who live near the area and people are aware that they too are a Santa. Hate to have anyone blindsided on the street and not know. .

Yes a big blemish on Santa because some media related the two, but forewarned is forearmed.

I am no ostrich. Sorry the bad comes with the good. 

 

I'm afraid I'll have to agree with Carlo on that one. Remember, gang, when we signed the Eight Principles of the Santa Claus Oath, that meant we were subjecting ourselves to a commitment that we take lightly at our own peril. We have a standard we MUST uphold at all times; and as long there's breath in me body, I'm gonna make darned sure that no kid will be turned away from me should I finally land a gig; and that we will do our level-best to keep our kids safe. 'Nuff said.

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Santa Castor

I would suggest clicking on the source link and reading the entire news report. I had a teacher friend back a few years ago that had sexual misconduct charges levied against him that ruined his life. After investigating the charges, the police decided they were unfounded and were dropped. He never recovered from being displayed all over the local news and decided it was best to move far away and try to start a new life over. I have no idea if he succeeded, but to this day, I cannot forget how quick the rush to judgement was, and how utterly devastating it was to him.

I wouldn't think it would be too difficult for a doctor to determine if the alleged act took place, we can only hope some evidence other than a 6 year old's testimony was used for the arrest warrant.

As sad as these continuing reports of abuse are, it seems even sadder how we are losing our foundation of " innocent until proven guilty". How quickly cases are being tried by the media, fair trials are becoming a thing of the past.

If he is found guilty, severe penalties await him. If he is not guilty, as his friends are sure he isn't, what kind of justice will he receive?

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