01-12-2012, 02:57 PM #1
Man known as 'Santa John' arrested on child sex charges
Apex, N.C. — A Cary man known for portraying Santa Claus at malls was arrested Wednesday on child sex charges, authorities said.
John Thomas Peters, 70, of 113 Crestpoint Court, is accused of engaging in inappropriate online conversations with a 15-year-old girl.
Apex police said they were contacted by the girl's mother who said Peters starting communicating with her daughter through a modeling website.
Working with police, the mother posed as her daughter and continued to chat with Peters.
"He was going into how he wanted sexual favors and how he was going to do stuff to her," the mother said.
Eventually, she convinced Peters to meet her Wednesday at an Apex McDonald's.
With undercover officers at the scene, the teen walked to a car in the parking lot and asked Peters if he was the man she was chatting with online.
When he said yes, police surrounded the car.
Peters was in the Wake County jail Wednesday night under a $1 million bond.
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01-12-2012, 03:27 PM #2
Ha ha sucker! Another one bites the dust!
01-12-2012, 07:28 PM #3
"Santa John" got his bond reduced. I guess he drove his red convertible with his Santa Car tags home.
He's got a site or had one. He attended functions as Santa at a hospice. Ain' that great. At least one parent showed reporters a photo of her child sitting on this creeps lap.
70 years old luring 15 year olds. Surprisingly the mom showed great restraint along with undercover police. The young girl was brave as well. I'd suspect at some point Santa John may have gotten his tail whooped.
When will we read about him again?
01-12-2012, 07:31 PM #4
Generally, I'd tend to distrust most adults who use the honorific title "Santa" on a year-round basis.
01-12-2012, 07:39 PM #5
The Triangle Buddies wisely removed Santa John.
Note this links to the North Pole even though it's North Carolina.
01-12-2012, 07:45 PM #6
Kudos to the Mom and the daughter.
The daughter showed a high degree of intelligence and maturity when she went to her mom in the first place.
Mom showed a high degree of social consciousness when she went to police and again when she agreed to help them capture him. It would have been much easier for her to just delete the guy and monitor daughter's time online. She went above and beyond. She maintained contact with him so that LE could check it out.
And her daughter showed tremendous bravery in approaching the car to verify that he was the one who was cooresponding with her. That would have been so scary for both the daughter and the Mom.
So thank you to both the Mom and the daughter for going to such lengths to take a predator off the streets.Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........
Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?
"Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight
01-12-2012, 08:23 PM #7
I typed an angry tirade about Santa John and deleted it - much better to APPLAUD the daughter, mother and law enforcement officials. Santa John will get his, in the end. (pun intended)__________________
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01-12-2012, 08:26 PM #8
Our local mall santa was named Paul Smith, he'd been a story teller at all the schools, plus mall santa for 20 years. He got busted for molesting a little girl
YOu can't trust anyone
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