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(Loudoun Times) — It’s that time of year again, where holiday cheer fills the air and the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn is scattered with potentially offensive displays and outraged citizens.
But one display has already received some extra attention. The display in question may have been spotted on the way in to Historic Downtown Leesburg where a skeleton Santa is on a crucifix, but it was later torn down by a vandal around noon on Dec. 5.
According to Rick Wingrove, president of the Virginia Chapter of American Atheists, the skeleton Santa was dismantled by a woman as a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy watched.
According to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Kraig Troxell, the dismantling of the skeleton Santa displayed occurred around noon on Dec. 5.
“According to the representative of the courthouse apparently it got damaged [by someone] around noon today,” Troxell said. “The deputy was out there taking a look at it to further investigate what had occurred.”
Troxell said that another display was placed in front of the skeleton Santa.
Julie Withrow, a Loudoun County administrator said that she had received several calls from residents about the display and it being taken down.
“I’ve had several calls from folks who observed a woman go onto the courthouse lawn and take down the Santa skeleton on the cross display and put it on the ground,” Withrow said. “One of our staff members asked her if it was her and she said no.”