Prince Carter, a 45-year-old man who was working as a Santa Claus at a mall in Connecticut has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage co-worker in a break room. Carter allegedly grabbed the girl and expose himself to her.
Officers from the Milford Police Department say that they responded to the Connecticut Post Mall at around 7.30 pm on Monday evening after receiving a report of a possible sexual assault.
Police heard that Carter hugged the underage employee without permission, before grabbing her more aggressively and pulling out his privates.
Carter has been charged with third-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He was booked into the local jail on $25,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, according to the Harford Courant.
A spokesperson for the Connecticut Post Mall said Carter has been banned from the property after the arrest.
A mall Santa in Connecticut was arrested Monday after he allegedly exposed himself to a juvenile co-worker, authorities said, according to reports. https://t.co/UnSKkNiuOA
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According to a press release from the Milford Police Department:
On December 7, 2020, Milford Police responded to 1201 Boston Post Road, CT Post Mall, on the report of a possible sexual assault. Investigation led to the arrest of Carter who was working as the mall Santa. Carter is accused of hugging and grabbing a juvenile co-worker and then exposing himself to the juvenile in the break room.
Police said that they were relieved the issue was resolved quickly.
“We were glad to resolve this issue quickly for the victim, and to avoid any further similar activity involving anyone else,” P.I.O. Mike DeVito of the Milford police department told PEOPLE in a statement.
While most people who work with children are entirely honest and trustworthy people, there are some people who are attracted to these types of jobs because they are predators who want excuses to get near children. Sadly, it appears that Prince Carter was one of these predators.
In fact, people working as mall Santas have been accused of harassing younger co-workers in the past, such as the case below from several years ago.