now that's holiday cheerSeveral Connecticut news outlets are reporting that a mall Santa Claus was groped by a 33-year old woman who sat on his lap this weekend for a photo at the Danbury (CT) Fair Mall. Evidently she wanted more than a photo and some holiday cheer.

Police arrived at the mall at 8:45 p.m. Saturday after receiving the complaint.

“The security officer at the mall said Santa Claus has been sexually assaulted,” Danbury Detective Lt. Thomas Michael said.

The groper was quickly identified and caught in the mall. She wasn’t able to get far because she was on crutches.

Police are not releasing the name of the man playing Santa, but they said he is 65 and felt badly because children were waiting to see him.

“He was apparently shocked and embarrassed by the whole incident.” police said.

“Santa Tim” Connaghan, president of, teaches hundreds of prospective Santas a year and said he’s never heard of a similar incident, though it’s not unusual for adults to want to pose with Santa.

I guess she will go on Santa’s naughty list.