Attorney Charging Teen with Desecration of Jesus Statue Had Affair in His Office and Posted Porn Audio on Twitter

I posted last week about a 14-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who thought it would be hilarious to take pictures with a local Jesus statue as if he were getting a mock-blowjob from the Lord.

He’s currently facing two years in prison for this supposed desecration, a charge that is wildly out of proportion for what he did. As I said before, I don’t condone his actions, but bad taste and immaturity aren’t crimes.

The story gets even crazier when you consider two facts:

First, the kid would have been better off just vandalizing the statue instead:

As a result of the absolutely idiotic Pennsylvania desecration law, the boy actually faces a stiffer penalty for gesturing near the statue than he would have for stealing or destroying the figure.

Second, Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins, who’s trying to enforce the charge of second-degree misdemeanor against the kid, isn’t exactly an angel himself.

The same man who finds a gesture of a blowjob from Jesus obscene posted this on his Twitter account last month:

That, if you can’t tell, is a conversation between Howard Stern and porn star Nick Manning in which they talk about Manning’s ejaculation habits.

That’s not all. Higgins posted this online a few days ago about the teenager:

“… this troubled young man offended the sensibilities and morals of OUR community. … His actions constitute a violation of the law, and he will be prosecuted accordingly. If that tends to upset the ‘anti-Christian, ban-school-prayer, war-on-Christmas, oppose-display-of-Ten-Commandments’ crowd, I make no apologies.”

For some reason, I guess Higgins didn’t think it would offend anyone’s sensibilities when he had an affair in his courtroom office several years ago:

His sexual encounter with the woman followed a committee meeting of Bedford County Republicans. Mr. Higgins was vice chairman of the county GOP at the time.

By his account, the woman drove to his office to meet him, and they had consensual sex.

The woman, though, now says Mr. Higgins sexually assaulted her the night of July 10. She filed a private criminal complaint against him…

Those charges were later dropped.

But, you know, it’s the kid who made an obscene gesture who’s the *real* problem in this community due to his his anti-Christian sentiments, not the guy who admitted to having an affair in his office and posted porn audio on Twitter.

(A commenter at the Washington Times claims that a child who raped another child in Bedford County — Higgins’ jurisdiction — received a sentence much more lenient than two years in jail, but I can’t confirm that case. If true, it’d be another example of Higgins’ hypocrisy and Pennsylvania’s messed up laws.)

The ACLU of Pennsylvania, by the way, says they’re looking into the Jesus Blowjob story. Hopefully, they’ll be able to reduce the kid’s sentence down to nothing, which is what it should’ve been in the first place.

(Thanks to Brian for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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