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Tag: bestiality

Bassett hound is victim in sexual assault case involving MSU health physicist

hatteyMichigan State University has had its hands full with, and its coffers drained by, a sexual assault scandal involving the university physician who sexually abused young women under the guise of administering medical treatment.

Now comes another allegation, on behalf of a victim who is not a gymnast, but a bassett hound.

Joseph Hattey, a health physicist within MSU’s Environmental Health and Safety office, has been charged with two counts of bestiality.

Hattey, according to a press release by the Michigan attorney general’s office, penetrated the animal with his hand and his penis. It is not believed the crimes happened on the Michigan State University campus, and the dog was not one owned by the university.

Hattey, 51, had previously been assigned duties within the university’s Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory.

The bassett hound is in custody of Ingham County Animal Control.

An MSU spokesperson issued this statement:

“Michigan State University was informed by the MSU Police Department on April 17 of a criminal investigation against Joseph Hattey, a health physicist with the Environmental Health and Safety Unit (note this position does not work with students, patients or animals). Hattey was immediately put on administrative suspension, pending the investigation. The university has been and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials on this matter. MSUPD is providing digital forensic support in the investigation.”

Hattey entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment on the charges Monday. A preliminary hearing is set for June 21.

“These are merely allegations that have not been proven,” Hattey’s attorney, Alexander Rusek, told the Lansing State Journal. “Mr. Hattey pleaded not guilty in court today and looks forward to addressing the fact of the matter during the preliminary examination.”

Michigan State University has been rocked by a sex scandal involving a university physician who also served as doctor for the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team.

The university, under the terms of a settlement, has agreed to pay $500 million to victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, who was sentenced to 40-125 years in prison.

That settlement is believed to be the largest ever reached in a sexual abuse case involving an American university.

Cop accused of courting cows is cleared

meliaA Superior Court Judge in New Jersey dismissed charges this week against a former Moorestown police officer accused of inserting part of his body into the mouths of several cows.

Judge James J. Morley said it wasn’t clear that the act constituted cruelty to animals.

Former Moorestown police officer Robert Melia Jr., since suspended from the force, was accused of repeating the act with five calves in rural Southampton in 2006.

But the judge, according to a Philadelphia Daily News report, claimed a grand jury that heard the case couldn’t decide if the cows were irritated by the act.

“If the cow had the cognitive ability to form thought and speak, would it say, ‘Where’s the milk? I’m not getting any milk,'” he said. Morley also pointed out that children seemed “comforted” when given pacifiers. “They [children] enjoy the act of suckling,” the judge said. “Cows may be of a different disposition.”

Judge Morley has a four-star rating on the website Courthouse Forum, where one of two anonymouse commenters praised him for “seeing right through the bull.”

Burlington County Assistant County Prosecutor Kevin Morgan was disturbed by the ruling, and the fact that the grand jury wasn’t allowed to view videos of the alleged incident, including one in which a calf allegedly head-butted Melia in the stomach.

“I think any reasonable juror could infer that a man’s penis in the mouth of a calf is torment,” Morgan argued. “It’s a crime against nature.”

Although a bill was introduced in 2005 to ban bestiality, New Jersey has not passed such legislation — one reason that the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office charged Melia with animal cruelty.

Morley said it was questionable whether Melia’s alleged crimes against cows, although “disgusting,” fit the definitions in the animal-cruelty statute. “I’m not saying it’s OK,” Morley said. “This is a legal question for me. It’s not a questions of morals. It’s not a question of hygiene. It’s not a question of how people should conduct themselves.”

Melia and his former girlfriend, Heather Lewis, were arrested in April 2008,  after a girl told her stepfather she’d been abused by the couple. During the investigation, authorities say they discovered child pornography on Melia’s home computer as well as videos of him and  the cows.

Melia and Lewis still face charges of sexually assaulting three young girls over a five-year period, sometimes in Melia’s Cottage Avenue home in Moorestown.

Let’s hope that case goes before a different judge.

(Photo: Robert Melia Jr., via Philadelphia Daily News)

Staffer accused of using shelter dogs for sex

A husband and wife who both worked at the Humane Society in Flagler County, Florida have been arrested after police found photographs of them having sex with animals and a 14-year-old girl, according to TV station WESH in Orlando.

Flagler Humane Society director Donna Howard was speechless and sickened when she was handed a compact disc full of photographs showing an employee of nine years, Carla Maldonado, 40, engaged in sex acts with at least one or possibly two dogs. The animals were ones Maldonado had adopted from the shelter.

Authorities say the photos were taken by Maldonado’s husband, David, who had also once worked at the humane society.

“To see her in that position with her own dogs, that were adopted here – it’s disgusting,” said Howard.

Police said there were also photos of Carla Maldonado performing lewd acts with a 14-year-old girl — apparently a runaway the couple had become acquainted with — in 2005.

The couple’s dogs are still at the Maldonado’s Palm Coast home, being cared for by a relative. The Humane Society would like to take custody but they have no legal standing.

“I’m still sitting here wondering what is going to happen to those animals. And how many more times has it been done and what kind of damage that has been done,” said Howard.

Sentencing this week in dog sex case

One of two Oklahoma residents charged with “crimes against nature,” will be sentenced this Friday after pleading no contest to charges stemming from allegedly having sex with dogs.

Diane Sue Whalen, 55, waived her rights to a jury trial and entered a no contest plea earlier.

Donald Roy Seigfried, 55, also decided to waive a jury trial, but has not entered a formal plea, the Oklahoman reports.

Two of Whalen’s dogs — a Labrador and a Weimaraner — were ordered forfeited to the sheriff in civil court proceedings, and subsequently sent to Best Friends Animal Society, an animal sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Videos confiscated by police show dogs are seen engaging in sex acts with humans, according to an affidavit filed by Tulsa County Sheriff’s investigators. 

 Seigfried and Whalen are free on bond. They face up to 10 years imprisonment.