Cape Girardeau County Santa Claus charged with child sex crimes

Cape Girardeau Co. Santa Claus charged with child sex crimes

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau County man, who has played the role of Santa Claus, faces child sex crime charges.

Jeffrey Moffat, 55, is behind bars on $50,000 cash only bond.

He's charged with first degree statutory rape, for having sex with a person under the age of 14.

Moffat is also charged with first degree statutory sodomy.

According to local law enforcement, Moffat has played the role of Santa in the Jackson area for nearly two decades.

Heartland News has learned that Moffat was the Santa Claus on the Iron Mountain Railway in Jackson on the Polar Express.

According to the probable cause statement, Moffat is accused of touching a 6-year-old girl inappropriately on more than one occasion.

During an medical interview and examination, the child reportedly disclosed that Moffat had sexual intercourse with her.

According to the court documents, the incidents happened at Moffat's home in Cape Girardeau County.

On July 24, 2015 detectives with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office interviewed Jeffrey Moffat.
According to the probable cause, Moffat denied touching the child in a sexual manner, but said at the conclusion of the interview that "Children don't lie".

"Never in a million years who I have dreamt that, he is just not that way," said Moffat's girlfriend.

Patricia Lynch is Jeffery Moffat's girlfriend. Lynch says she's known him for 30 years, and there's no way he committed these crimes.

"He is just not guilty of this crime, I know that, I feel it in my heart," she said.

The story had a lot of you commenting on Facebook, many of you 'outraged' by the news.

One person says the story makes her stomach hurt.

Another wrote, "Knowing my son has sat on his lap the past two years makes me so sick to my stomach."

Many of you may know Moffatt from the years he portrayed Santa Clause for the Iron Mountain Railway.

The President Cheryl Huffman came to Moffatt's defense.

Huffman said she believes Moffat is innocent and says she's shocked to hear about the charges facing the person who she calls a "friend" and "valuable volunteer."

Moffat is due in court on August 18, 2015.

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