- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri man who has portrayed Santa Claus at events has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of abusing a child.

Online court records show 55-year-old Jeffrey B. Moffat of Jackson pleaded not guilty to statutory sodomy involving a person under the age of 14.

The Southeast Missourian reports (https://bit.ly/1JvRIaG ) his next court appearance will be for a motion hearing Oct. 16.

Moffat has portrayed Santa Claus for the Iron Mountain Railway in Jackson.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, https://www.semissourian.com

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