Haverhill police have filed charges against an as-yet unnamed individual in connection with the Christmas day vandalism and theft at Sacred Heart’s Parish’s nativity scene.
Detective Lieutenant Robert P. Pistone said the defendant will be arraigned in Haverhill District Court Friday on charges of destruction to a place of worship under $5,000 damage, malicious destruction of property over $250 and larceny over $250.
Police will hold a press conference tomorrow morning, which is expected to be carried live by WHAV. Pistone said defendant’s name and facts of the case will be released then.
A Sacred Heart’s priest discovered early Christmas morning that a baby Jesus statue had been stolen and a severed pig’s head put in its place. Sacred Hearts Pastor John Delaney said Father Benjamin LeTran made the discovery just before Delaney conducted an early morning Christmas mass. The incident has shocked the congregation, he said, at an earlier press conference.
“People slowly understand what happened, and they’re heartbroken, they’re horrified, they’re outraged by this act that really speaks to us on a most solemn day, of great sadness and hurt,” Delaney said.