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In 2007, Deadspin published an article about the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons’ mascot entitled, “Grump Is The Most Persistent Of Molester Mascots.” That should give you an idea about the kind of icky misbehavior we’re dealing with here.
At the time, Grump, who was played by Jay S. Hastings, had been arrested twice in less than a week for soliciting sex via the internet from a boy who was not nearly old enough to legally solicit sex from.
Hastings was nabbed in a “To Catch A Predator” style operation when he showed up to a house in hopes of having sex with a 14-year-old boy who turned out to be a police decoy. Upon his arrest, he then revealed a sexual relationship he’d been having with a 15-year-old boy he’d met over the internet previously.
Hastings was charged with criminal attempt to commit statutory sexual assault, criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal attempt to commit indecent assault, criminal attempt of corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of communication facility. Wowza.
*Please note: Pictured is the Red Sox mascot, Wally. We don't have the rights to post any actual photos of Grump, so we opted for a non-pervert lookalike.