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Statue Sexual Assault? Australian Catholic School Covers Saint After Scandalous Reveal

A statue of a saint before and after it was covered up.

On Wednesday, a Catholic school in Adelaide, Australia, unveiled a new statue of a saint. Mere hours later, they had to cover it up — because it looked like the saint was revealing himself to a small boy.

The statue depicts a saint giving a small boy a loaf of bread, but the loaf is elongated and he holds it right between his legs. Blackfriars Priory School, which commissioned the statue, claimed the original design did not suggest any such complications.

"You may have seen media reports today of the recent placement of a statue of St Martin de Porres," Blackfriars Principal Simon Cobiac said in a statement. "The statue was sculpted in Vietnam by the same sculptor who created the St Dominic statue on the front lawn of our School."

"The two-dimensional concept plans for the statue were viewed and approved by the Executive Team in May but upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the Executive to be potentially suggestive," Cobiac explained. "As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it."

"The school apologises for any concerns and publicity generated by this matter and is taking action to substantially alter the statue," the principal said.