Bad Mall Santa Accused of Groping His 18-Year-Old Elf

Looks like Santa is going on his own naughty list this year.

A Massachusetts mall Santa has been charged with indecent assault and battery after allegedly groping a teen girl hired to be his elf.

Herbert G. Jones, 62, of Assonet, was taken into custody on Saturday after the unidentified 18-year-old accused him of pinching her behind while on duty.

"We have been made aware that an allegation of improper conduct has been lodged against the person portraying Santa at Hanover Mall by another employee working at the Santa photography concession," said Cherry Hill Photo, the company that employs both Jones and the unnamed elf. "This allegation has been denied by the individual portraying Santa."

Cherry Hill Photo insists it completed a "comprehensive background report" on Jones before hiring him, and that he was free of priors.

Jones was released on his own recognizance, and is due back in court, appropriately, on Christmas Eve.

[screengrab via CBS Boston]