EVERETT, Pa. (AP) – A 14-year-old western Pennsylvania boy has been charged with desecrating a statue of Jesus by standing in front of it and mimicking a sex act, and then posting pictures of it on the Internet.
Bedford County officials say the court papers against the boy are sealed, because they’re filed in juvenile court.READ MORE: Police Investigating Shooting In Parking Lot Of Rural King At Clearview Mall
The Altoona Mirror reports the boy is charged under a rarely used 1972 law that makes it a crime to desecrate a venerated object.
A college student was prosecuted under the same law when he urinated on a nativity scene in Wilkes-Barre in January 2010.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Councilman Ricky Burgess Calls Wilkinsburg Annexation 'Shotgun Wedding'
The statue at issue in the new case belongs to Love in the Name of Christ, a Christian service organization with a branch in Everett.
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