RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, PA — Sporting a long white beard and a red shirt, William McKinlay, 56, was arrested in an ice cream shop after showing up to meet a 14-year-old girl named Stephanie for sex.
“Stephanie” actually turned out to be undercover Ridley Township Police Officer Tim Kearney, who replied to an online ad placed by McKinlay with the headline: “Young Uns – M4W (NE).”Related: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holdup — Bad Santas Rob Banks, Sell Drugs, And More In Christmas Crime Roundup
From there, McKinlay and “Stephanie,” who claimed to be 14, commenced having sexually explicit conversations online.
Philadelphia resident McKinlay provided instructions on how to masturbate and, accompanied by a photo of himself sticking his tongue through his fingers, offered to perform oral sex.
He also referred to himself as “Dirty Old Santa.”
Last December, McKinlay — who unmistakably resembles jolly old Saint Nick — posted a photo of himself dressed as a Santa Claus at Macy’s Santaland, bouncing a local street character known as “Philly Jesus” on his knee.
After telling “Stephanie” to meet him at a specific ice cream parlor wearing a sleeveless T-shirt, shorts, sneakers — and only that — McKinlay waltzed in and was greeted by Officer Kearney and other law-enforcement agents.
McKinlay now faces charges of attempted statutory sexual assault, attempted involuntary indecent sexual intercourse, and related offenses. He is being held on $250,000 bail at Delaware County Prison.
It’s been a busy internet year for McKinlay already. Last January, he pleaded guilty to harassment by lewd communication and unlawful dissemination of intimate images.
At issue were photos and videos McKinlay made of an adult woman with whom he’d had sex: The material was created and put online without her permission. That time, “Dirty Old Santa” got probation. Don’t expect any such gift from the court this time.
Main image: William McKinlay [Delaware County District Attorney’s Office]