FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio — A man and woman who vandalized a baby Jesus statue in a church's outdoor Nativity marched through town with a donkey to apologize.

Jessica Lange and Brian Patrick, both 19, were ordered by a judge to make Sunday's march through this northeast Ohio town after they admitted defacing a statue at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church on Christmas Eve.

Small groups of residents watched as the two walked and asked forgiveness. They led a donkey provided by a petting zoo through the streets carrying a sign that said, "Sorry for the jackass offense."

The procession allowed Lange and Patrick to avoid a longer jail sentence for stabbing the statue and defacing it with Satanic symbols.

"This is a kind of conscience flogging," said municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti.