M Jenny Edwards
SME, Animal Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
Current Research, Laws, & Case Updates
Increased attention is being paid to the incidence of animal sexual abuse throughout the world. Here are highlights of just some of the incidents reported:
BESTIALITY, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Alabama, USA - 18-year-old Daniel Bennett was caught trespassing in a barn, wearing a trench coat with burglar's tools in the pocket. He admitted he was trying to molest a 20-year-old mare named Polly. Polly's guardian said she had previously found toilet paper and other incriminating evidence, and thought Polly may have been molested at least ten times in the last month. Bennett was charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct, second-degree criminal trespassing, and possession of burglar's tools.
California, USA - "Little Women: LA" star Briana has filed for divorce from her husband Matt Grundhofer, accusing him of bestiality, abuse, and death threats.
Pennsylvania, USA - Jeremy Paul Shaner, 24 had been hanging out with his neighbor, was asked to leave. Shortly afterward, the homeowner heard her 5-year-old Boxer yelping in the bathroom. She opened the door to find Shaner naked and holding the dog. Shaner has been charged with misdemeanor sexual assault.
England - Jon Page, 46 has been sentenced to 4 years in prison after investigators infiltrated a chatroom used by dangerous offenders to share child pornography. Under the screenname WolfpupJohn shared his interest in necrophilia and rape involving children. During a search of Page's residence, police found crystal meth, Ketamine (a horse tranquilizer), and 78 images showing Page in sex acts with dogs.
India - A man named Rathodiya has been accused of having sex with three cows, after three cows were found with their legs tied, and one was dead. Rathodiya was working at the farm and was previously caught having sex with a calf. He has been charged with having unnatural sex with an animal and criminal mischief.
Scotland - Suzy Cairns, 39 downloaded child & aniporn, then filmed herself having sex with her pet Lab, who was coaxed by using whipped cream. The cell phone image was discovered after police investigated her for downloading (nonpenetrative) child porn. She pleaded guilty to 2c of porn possession, and will be added to the SOR.
South Africa - A 45-year-old Bronkhorstspruit man who was arrested in November for raping the family maid and then forcing her to perform sex act on his dogs, has been found competent to stand trial. Two of the family's nine dogs have been removed from the home.
Turkey - A video was posted on social media of an 82-year-old man raping a dog in a remote area.
Zimbabwe - A suspect is on the run after being caught having sex with his neighbor's donkey.
EXPLOITATION, PORNOGRAPHY, TRAFFICKING
A Pennsylvania man has been acquitted of raping an 8-year-old boy while wearing a furry costume. The minor, who is now a teen, told investigators that Kenneth Fenske, 59 was one of several men who sexually abused him as a child when he ws taken to a series of "furry parties". Fenske, whose fursona is LupineFox, has been involved in the furry lifestyle since 2005, and has held regular group get-togethers at his home in Quakertown, Pennsylva.
While serving with the Army in Germany, Aaron Drake Buckner, 25 chatted up two young girls - one 12 and the other 15 - and asked them to take sexually explicit pictures and videos for him. Buckner had a previous conviction for child pornography. When he returned to the U.S., he was supposed to register as a sex offender. When that didn't happen, a search warrant of his home returned images of child porn depicting infants, toddlers, bondage and bestiality.
New Zealander Michael Francis Goodwin, 43 sent nude selfies to a teenaged girl and encouraged her to return the favor. Prior to the abuse, Goodwin searched for and downloaded images and stories about bestiality and incest.
In the U.S., Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to keep track of animal abusers. A similar bill in New Jersey was approved unanimously, and Virginia is putting off further discussion on creating an animal abuser registy at this time. Washington is going to let a bill die in committee that would have closed loopholes in current law related to oral sex and coercing another person to commit a sex act with an animal, while Wisconsin legislators are working hard to make animal sexual abuse a felony.