WCSC in Charleston, SC reports:
A 38-year-old Columbia man is behind bars after destroying the head of a Jesus statue at a church in downtown Charleston.
The Charleston Police Department charged Charles Jeffrey Short with malicious injury to real property.
Around 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, a police officer was flagged down in the area of Huger and King streets by two concerned citizens who reported that a man walking down the street had broken off the head of a statue at the Sacred Heart Catholic church on 888 King St
Short was seen leaving the general area police and they searched his backpack after he reportedly gave consent. Police reported finding a sledgehammer in his backpack and then read Short his rights before he allegedly admitted to it.
When the officer asked Short if he knew anything about the statue at the Sacred Heart church, Short said,”I think I used a sledge hammer to strike the statue about six or seven times, because the second or first commandment states to not make an image of a male or female to be on display to the public.”
The officer reported he went to the church, examined the statue and saw visible damage to the head. A police report states that the head “was completely demolished off the statue.”
Interesting that he cites the Ten Commandments for beheading a statue of Jesus. Why wasn’t he going after every other statue in downtown Charleston?
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.