Man Reckons Santa-Playing Days Over After Indecency Arrest

A man who has portrayed Santa Claus was one of several men arrested in a two-day crackdown on sexual activity at a Logansport park this week, police said.

John Hopkins, 60, was arrested Wednesday at Spencer Park after he grabbed an undercover officer, according to Kokomo police, who helped Logansport police with the sting.

The white-bearded Hopkins told police that he has played Santa in the past. When an investigator found in Hopkins' truck a flier about an upcoming holiday event, Hopkins said he guessed he couldn't play Santa anymore because of the arrest, police said.

Hopkins faces a charge of public indecency, police said. He was free Thursday on bond.

Other men were arrested on suspicion of exposing themselves and soliciting sex at the park, including in a bathroom there.

"It's pretty sad when you've got children that walk into the park when there's adults having sex in the bathroom," Logansport police Lt. Cathi Collins said.

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