9f58/1243548939-ypwnies.jpgGregory Nies played Santa Claus in Lititz Springs Park. He was a youth group leader at the Lititz United Methodist Church, served on Borough Council and ran for mayor three times. And on Wednesday, Nies was arrested, accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

Nies, 56, of South Spruce Street, was charged by borough police with inappropriately touching, hugging and kissing the girl on several occasions when she spent the night in his family's home, according to a police affidavit.... The investigation, which began last month when the girl contacted Lititz police, also marked the end of Nies' third attempt to run for mayor of the borough, when he lost the Republican endorsement and suddenly withdrew from the race.

Nies, who is married and has children, surrendered Wednesday morning before District Judge Daniel Garrett.... The girl told police that Nies had sexual-type contact with her eight times when she was spending the evening at his home. In addition to kissing and hugging, when they were alone together in the basement, according to court documents, the girl said Nies repeatedly had sexual contact with her, touching her private areas, telling her "this is what dads do."