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Teen's Jesus statue pics earn desecration charge

Pennsylvania 14-year-old charged with desecration of a venerated object for posting Facebook pictures of a simulated sex act with a Jesus statue.

By
Ben Hooper
(Bedford County Police)
(Bedford County Police)

EVERETT, Pa., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania teen who posted pictures of himself with a Jesus statue was charged with desecration of a venerated object.

The 14-year-old was charged Tuesday under a rarely-enforced 1972 law making it a misdemeanor to defile a "venerated object" after pictures posted online depicted him apparently mimicking a sex act with a Jesus statue near his home in Everett.

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The pictures were posted in July, but the misdemeanor charges were not filed until this week.

The boy's pictures were reportedly met with threats of violence online.

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