Missouri man who portrayed Santa charged with abuse

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, August 13 2015 Aug 13, 2015 Thursday, August 13, 2015 11:26:02 PM CDT August 13, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - A southeast Missouri man who has portrayed Santa Claus at events has been accused of sexually abusing a child.

Online court records show 55-year-old Jeffrey B. Moffat of Jackson is charged with one count of statutory rape with a person under the age of 14 and one count of statutory sodomy involving a person under the age of 14.

KFVS-TV reports Moffat's being held on $50,000 cash bond. A lawyer assigned to represent Moffat didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. The charges say the alleged abuse occurred at Moffat's home.

Moffat has portrayed Santa Claus for the Iron Mountain Railway in Jackson.

Cheryl Huffman, president of the Iron Mountain Railway, told KFVS she believes Moffat is innocent and calls him a "valuable volunteer."

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