Danbury mall Santa Claus claims woman groped him

Santa Claus says that a woman who sat onhis lap was naughty, not nice. A Santa at the Danbury Fair mall said the woman groped him. "The security officer at the mall said Santa Claus has beensexually assaulted," police Detective Lt. Thomas Michael said ofthe weekend complaint. Sandrama Lamy, 33, of Danbury, was charged with sexual assaultand breach of peace. She was released on a promise to appear incourt on Jan. 3. Police quickly found and identified Lamy because the woman wasdescribed as being on crutches, said Capt. Bob Myles. A call seeking comment from Lamy was answered by a recordingTuesday morning. A woman later called back and said: "It's a falsereport and I don't have any idea." Police did not give the name of the disconcerted Santa, but theysaid he is 65 and felt badly because children were waiting to seehim. "He was apparently shocked and embarrassed by the wholeincident," Myles said. A man who teaches hundreds of prospective Santas a year -"Santa Tim" Connaghan, president of RealSantas.com - said he'snever heard of a similar incident, though it's not unusual foradults to want to pose with Santa. "I've had some very nice ladies sit on my lap," saidConnaghan, who did not train the Danbury Fair Santa. "Once in awhile they'll say 'I hope Mrs. Claus isn't going to be upset.' Youhave to be discreet and kind and say 'Oh no, she'll be OK. You cansit here, but only for one photo."' A spokeswoman for Cherry Hill Photo, the company thatcoordinates Santas for Danbury Fair, declined to comment Tuesday.

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