Kentucky duo plead guilty to sexually abusing dog in first conviction since bestiality made felony in state

It is the first such conviction in the state since lawmakers criminalized cross-species sex practice in 2019


                            Kentucky duo plead guilty to sexually abusing dog in first conviction since bestiality made felony in state
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A man and a woman in Kentucky have been convicted of sexually abusing a dog, which makes it the first such conviction in the state since lawmakers criminalized cross-species sex practice in 2019. A 44-year-old Bracken County woman identified as Nolene Horn and a 50-year-old man from Mason County identified as Christopher Jones have pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual crimes against an animal on Monday, November 23.

According to the authorities, as reported by The New York Daily News, the two criminals also pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of torture of a dog. How Horn and Jones are related to each other is not known yet, but both were taken into custody in June. At the time, Attorney General Cameron said: “This type of heinous and obscene crime cannot go unpunished. I am grateful for the Maysville Police Department’s diligent investigation of this case, and our Office of Special Prosecutions is pleased to assist Mason County by prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.”

Police have not detailed much on the case, only stating that Horn and Jones engaged in “sexual contact” with a dog. In 2019, Kentucky became one of the last states of the US to declare bestiality a felony with the passage of Senate Bill 67. In a press release on Tuesday, November 24, Cameron stated, “I am thankful to the Maysville Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office for their investigative work, which laid the foundation for our Office of Special Prosecutions to secure a conviction on behalf of the Commonwealth. I am also grateful to the General Assembly for passing Senate Bill 67 last year and ensuring appropriate state penalties exist to address this sort of terrible crime.”

The pair is expected to be sentenced on February 22 next year. According to Heavy.com, Horn used to work as an elementary school teacher. She was an employee at Charles Straub Elementary School. But Jones’ nature of employment and where he was employed is not available.

In another incident that happened earlier this year, a man in Florida was arrested for having sex with animals after videos that he filmed of his alleged crimes were found by people at the restaurant where he lost his phone. Police said Jesse Allen worked at a restaurant, where he dropped his mobile, which was found by his co-workers who saw videos of a man having sex with a dog in the gallery. They gave the phone to the police. Later, the 27-year-old was held at the Marion County Jail on two counts of sexual activity involving animals. His bail was set at $2,000. The arrest affidavit stated that the person who gave the phone to the authorities said that she found “numerous disturbing images and text messages” while trying to find the owner of the phone. Eventually, Allen confessed to the crime and said that the sexual activity between him and a dog named Rocky had been “going on for some time”.

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