Two Texas men arrested over possession of child pornography and dog torture video: ‘We are committed to stand between good and evil’
Two Texas men were arrested last week in Wylie after the police found them to be in possession of child pornography and video of a dog being tortured.
Logan Bridgefarmer, 20, and Sean Bartlett, 38, were both charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal while the latter was additionally charged with one count of possession of child pornography, Collin County officials said on Tuesday, 16 July. All the charges are third-degree felonies.
"We are absolutely committed to stand between good and evil and to pursue those who would perpetrate such heinous crimes. There's a special place for anyone that possesses child pornography and would torture an animal like was done here -- in Texas we call it the State Penitentiary," said Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner.
While searching a home in the 100 Block of Pheasant Run, on the northeast shore of Lake Ray Hubbard, on July 10, investigators with the Child Exploitation Unit found the incriminating materials in a computer kept in a shed that was detached from the main building. "During the search, Investigators discovered a computer in a detached structure. Forensic analysis of the computer revealed images of child pornography and videos of a small Dachshund dog at the residence being tortured," the Collin County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.
Authorities confirmed that the dog was at the property where the video was recovered from. The dog was handed into the custody of the Collin County Animal Services as the investigation into the case continues, Dallas News reported.
Both Bartlett and Bridgefarmer were booked into the Collin County Jail. Bartlett is being held on a $150,000 bond and Bridgefarmer is on a $75,000 bond.
The sheriff's post received over 400 reactions and more than 200 comments and over 100 shares.
People did not hold back from expressing their shock and frustration at the news story. "Shame on these two men! I hope they get no leniency and are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Those poor kids and animals. Awful!" wrote one user, while another wrote, "Unbelievable... I’m glad they were arrested. Hopefully, they will go to jail and get what’s coming to them."