Bad Santa! Ex–Mall St. Nick And Birthday Party Magician Sentenced To 30 Years

Leander Dewey Jones's mug shot [police handout]. Background: Pixabay

He looks like a real-life Santa Claus, and he even played one at the mall, but authorities believe this Bad Santa’s intentions were anything but pure. According to WNCN, 65-year-old Leander Dewey Jones, also known as “Santa Lee Jones,” has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography with two children in his care, the News Observer reports.

According to News 10, the Raleigh, North Carolina, suspect was arrested in 2015 after authorities uncovered “multiple” child pornography images on his computer, hard drives, and disks. It was a computer repair shop that alerted authorities to the images after Jones dropped his computer off with them to check for viruses, the report adds. There was reportedly a folder specifically titled with the photos.

The FBI became involved quickly and executed a search warrant. Inside the house, investigators found what they say was a small pen camera in his bathroom. The authorities also discovered about 5,000 images of small children, under 10 years old, believed to be relatives. The images depicted adult men sexually assaulting the youngsters and children having sex with each other. It’s unclear if other children were involved in the photos.

Jones not only played the man in the red suit, but he also would work children’s birthday parties as both a magician and a pirate. He has pleaded guilty to charges for manufacturing child pornography. If he is ever released from prison, he will be under full-time supervision.


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Photo: Leander Dewey Jones’s mug shot [police handout]. Background [Pixabay]

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