What was Maureen O'Hara thinking when she let Kris Kringle tuck her daughter in?
There was the most amazing thing on television the other night. No, Survivors weren’t eating live snakes and the gang of “Jersey Shore” didn’t join a 12-step program. Rather, Old Kris Kringle -- in civilian clothes – was sitting on the edge of the bed of a young Natalie Wood in the 1947 Christmas classic film “Miracle on 34thStreet” talking to the little girl who was tucked under the covers, ready for sleep. Why was that amazing? Because what mother in her right mind would allow a near-stranger alone with her child in a bedroom? Scenes like that oh-so-innocent one have gone the way of the dodo bird, as nearly extinct as heroes who casually smoke in TV dramas and sitcoms. But while we cheerfully say goodbye to glamorizing smoking on TV, …
Accused of performing sex acts on a girl over 8 years, Dennis L. Prendes of Upper Nazareth Township says he is innocent, his lawyer told a jury.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
An Upper Nazareth Township man, on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a Bethlehem Township girl starting when she was 5, professes his innocence, according to his lawyer who was quoted in an Express Times story. Dennis L. Prendes, 62, is charged with performing sex acts on a Bethlehem Township girl between 1996 and 2004. He was arrested earlier this year by Bethlehem Township police and is being tried in Northampton County Court. The accuser, now 21, approached police last year with the allegations. She reportedly did not come forward during the alleged abuse -- which ended when she was 13 -- because Prendes told her it would upset her parents and he would instead sexually abuse her younger sister, the story said. Prendes' lawyer, …