Animal Sexual Abuse Information & Resources

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M Jenny Edwards

SME, Animal Sexual Abuse and Exploitation


Description:  Bestiality in public or non-private location.  Simulated acts of bestiality in view of another.  Masturbation with an animal-related object (e.g. stuffed animal) in view of another

Linked Crimes: Trespass, Disorderly conduct

Case Example 1 - Jose Angel Hernandez - San Juan TX - Arrested November 30, 2012 - (no Bestialty law)

On November 12, a dog owner caught Jose Angel Hernandez having sex with his dog inside the dog's kennel.  Hernancez was arrested and charged with public lewdness, because Texas does not have a bestiality law.  He had previously been arrested in 2011 for indecent exposure.  

Case Example 2 - Charles Marshall - Cincinnati OH - Arrested June 13, 2012 - Fetish, Serial Offender (no Bestiality law)

Charles Marshall was caught masturbating with a teddy bear outside a health clinic in Cicinnati, Ohio.  He received a citation for disorderly conduct.  This is the fourth time since 2010 that Marshall has been arrested for similar incidents.  He has received limited jail time for the misdemeanor convictions.

Case Example 2:  Larry William Henry - Millersville PA - Arrested June 28, 2015 - bestialiy law too specific

Henry was found naked inside a pig barn.  He had previously been banned from the same barn and admitted to enjoying sex with the hogs.  Henry was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, criminal trespass, defiant trespass and public drunkenness.  Pennsylvania's bestiality law specifies intercourse "per anus."



Bestiality cases include a spectrum of behavior.  There is no single profile of someone who is sexually attracted to animals, or who assaults or exploits animals for sexual purposes.  Cases presented here are grouped by the prominent behavior exhibited by the offender.  Chandler Edwards maintains a comprehensive NIBRS-level database of arrested, convicted, and suspected offenders.  If you are in law enforcement and need additional information about a particular case, please email your request and we will respond, usually within 30 minutes.