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Female Mascot 'Groped' by Teen Boys, Police Say

The woman was working in costume at a Lower Macungie business when two 17-year-olds 'rushed' her, troopers report.

What may have begun as fun -- perhaps just teasing -- didn't turn out that way for anyone involved in a recent alleged altercation in Lower Macungie Township.

Two 17-year-old boys began messing with a woman working as a mascot for a business in the complex near Walmart at 1091 Mill Creek Road. Their actions at the Mill Creek Shopping Center turned to groping and police charges, according to state police at Fogelsville.

The two teens, whose names were not made available by police because they are juveniles, "rushed" the mascot about 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and began to grope the costume, police said. The female mascot, whose name was given by police but will not be used by Patch because of the nature of the allegations, was not reportedly injured.

Harassment charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Faulkner of Upper Macungie Township. However, no associated paperwork was released by that office because the alleged offenders are juveniles.

Janet Persing March 03, 2013 at 09:59 PM
We were leaving that shopping center and saw the "Giant Puppy" dancing to promote a hair salon, I believe (I was driving). And the mascot was "groped" by juveniles...in the middle of an entrance, hard right turn, where everyone can see. Did anyone come to help the mascot or capture the perps? I can't believe no one saw anything or didn't report it. It would have been obvious that the mascot was being attacked. People who have some sense of decency, please speak up and call the police with what you know or saw. I just did.
Janet Persing March 03, 2013 at 10:24 PM
And stop letting pigs grope your daughters, sisters, or mothers. Said before, we were leaving Wal-Mart and passed by a group of 3 males, 1 female. One of the males, passing close to me, burped loudly..for my benefit to notice him. No thanks, puerco. Por que se comportan asi? Why do you behave in a piggish manner?
Chris Pegg March 04, 2013 at 03:55 PM
There are many places where one should take responsibility but sometimes we find ourselves placing blame instead. My perspective of this situation is one that is very different. I am a professional mascot and have been performing for over 20 years and I have seen just about everything! Before taking one side or the other there are a few questions that one might need to consider.......! How did the males know there was a female inside the costume? Did the character have a wrangler? (assistant for the person in costume) What training did the performer have before the incident? I would be willing to bet that the retail company asked their employees who wanted to suit up and perform the mascot instead of doing their normal daily routine at the store. This happens all the time! With proper training with anything, including mascoting, one can be trained on how to react in certain situations. If companies would proper coaching for their mascot performers, situations like this one can be avoided! Mascot Central- A full service mascot company. We offer mascot coaching and training.
tamarya March 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM
It is pretty bad the same juvenilles we protect from predators are sickos themselves, teenagers grope a mascot dog but they are not capable of consenting to sex. To grope a mascot dog they sound like future pedophiles themselves.
tamarya March 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM
I agree, if it were a full grown man doing what the teens were doing I would bet people would step up, and if it were a full grown man and that mascot would have been a 16 or 17 yr old teen the groper would be in jail, but since it was teenagers I guess bystanders thought it was acceptable, you know since they have those supposed raging hormones that allow them to be pigs.
tamarya March 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I already see their info is being protected because they are teens, but yet if it were vise versa the offenders home address and full name and all would be posted.

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