DANBURY, Conn. — A Danbury woman is facing charges that she groped Santa Claus at the Danbury Fair mall.
Sandrama Lamy has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and breach of peace.
Danbury police were called to the mall over the weekend. The mall Santa told police that Lamy had touched him inappropriately while sitting on his lap.
Capt. Bob Myles said police were able to quickly find and identify Lamy because she was on crutches.
Lamy has been released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 3.
A message seeking comment was left on Lamy’s answering machine Tuesday morning. A woman at that number called back to say “It’s a false report and I don’t have any idea.”
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,” Myles said.
“Santa Tim” Connaghan, president of RealSantas.com, 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’ve had some very nice ladies sit on my lap,” Connaghan said. “Once in a while they’ll say ‘I hope Mrs. Claus isn’t going to be upset.’ You have to be discreet and kind and say ‘Oh no, she’ll be OK. You can sit here, but only for one photo.'”
A spokeswoman for Cherry Hill Photo, the company that coordinates the Santas for the mall, declined comment Tuesday.