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Texas man arrested for telling children Santa Claus isn't real

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Confronted people entering a church 'Breakfast with Santa' event

Johnson County Sheriff

A man was arrested for trespassing at a North Texas church Saturday after he told children that Santa Claus isn't real.

Aaron Urbanski, 31, was part of a group protesting a "Breakfast with Santa" event at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Cleburne, according to reports.

The demonstrators believe the church should be telling the kids about Jesus, not Santa Claus, police told KXAS-TV.

The group was asked to leave multiple times but refused.

Two other men who were demonstrating outside the church left when officers arrived around 10 a.m. Urbanski, however, allegedly refused to leave and continued causing a disturbance, police told the news outlet. He was cited for criminal trespass and booked at the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center.

Parent Heather Johnson told the TV station she was attempting to enter the church when she was confronted by two men holding signs.

One of them asked her: "Do you let your kids believe in a fake Santa or do they know who Jesus is?"

"When I told them not to ruin Santa and Christmas for my kids they started to shout out that Santa was not real and that I was wrong for teaching them that," she told KXAS. "I got really verbal with them over it."

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain said security will be beefed-up for the city's Christmas parade Sunday evening in case more protesters show up.

"Don't Mess With Santa!" Cain wrote on Facebook. "While I understand folks right to protest, Cleburne loves Santa and those protestors who were naughty and broke the law when they trespassed were arrested promptly. Guess they wanted coal in their stockings to go with a court appearance."

Cleburne is a city of about 30,000 located 33 miles south of Fort Worth, Texas.


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