November 25, 2013 7:42 pm -

The mall Santa at a Hanover, NH mall didn’t know that touching the elves is off limits .

…Herbert G. Jones was arrested Saturday for allegedly groping an 18-year-old “elf” at the Hanover Mall, where parents have been bringing their children each day to sit on the man’s lap.

“It seems the Santa at the Hanover Mall here, well, was rather naughty and not nice to a co-worker,” Boston’s WBZ reporter Beth Germano said in her report. As the station attempted to interview him at his home Monday, Jones drove away with his middle finger held defiantly in the air.

Jones has been charged with indecent assault and battery after allegedly of pinching the buttocks of a female “elf” co-worker, whose job it is to take photos of the children on his lap. In a statement, Cherry Hill Photo, which employs both Santa and the elf in question, said they had done a background check on the man and that “this allegation has been denied by the individual portraying Santa.”