EVERETT, Penn. — A Pennsylvania teen faces two years in juvenile jail after posting photos of himself simulating sex acts with a statue of Jesus on Facebook.
According to WTAJ-TV, the year-old statue, which depicts Jesus kneeling to pray, sits just outside the Love in the Name of Christ Ministry Center in Everett, a rural town in southern Pennsylvania.
Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins told WTAJ that the 14-year-old was charged with desecration of a venerable object, a law that hasn’t been commonly used since it was put on the books in 1927.
If the teen is convicted under the law, he could face up to two years in juvenile jail.
Higgins told the TV station he thought it was important to taken advantage of the legislative powers given him under the rarely utilized law because of how “proud” the teen appeared to be of his actions.
“The only reason that it was done was to offend people,” Higgins said. “If you want to engage in that type of behavior, there are consequences.”
After receiving criticism on social media, the ministry center wanted to make it clear that they did not press charges against the teen, who has personally apologized to the ministry center’s owners.
Instead, the organization told WTAJ they would be happy to see the teen serve nothing more than community service, and that they would be happy to have the teen perform that community service at their ministry center.