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"Philly Jesus" guilty of trespassing at Apple store

PHILADELPHIA -- A man who calls himself “Philly Jesus” has a new cross to bear: He’s been found guilty of trespassing at a Philadelphia Apple store.

Michael Grant, known as “Philly Jesus,” lifts the 12 foot cross he had carried 8 miles as part of a Christmas walk in Philadelphia’s Love Park December 20, 2014.  REUTERS

Philly Jesus’ real name is Michael Grant. He dresses like Jesus, carries a large cross, preaches on sidewalks and poses for photos. He also performs baptisms in city fountains.

Wednesday’s ruling stems from his refusal in May to leave the store, where a manager says his 7-foot cross was blocking an aisle. Grant’s attorney argues Grant believed he was being asked to leave because of his religious beliefs.

The judge found Grant not guilty of disorderly conduct.

He was sentenced to three months’ probation. His lawyer says they’ll appeal.

Grant says he forgives his accusers for “trespassing against” him, “for they know not what they do.”