Joshua Rhett Miller, New York Post, September 22, 2017
An Ohio man who spent more than 12 years in prison for sex crimes targeting kids is now facing charges that he had sex with a dog — and is believed to be the state’s first prosecution of its new law banning bestiality.
Scott Turner, of Cleveland, was caring for a woman’s dog named Athena on May 13 when he performed oral sex on the animal. Turner later admitted the act and to abusing the dog in a letter that was turned over to investigators from Cleveland’s Animal Protection League, Cleveland.com reports.
“This is an unspeakable act,” said Cleveland Animal Protection League president Sharon Harvey. “But at least now we finally have something we can do about it.”
“The victim in these cases couldn’t testify, of course, so they were difficult cases,” Harvey told Cleveland.com.
“Animal sexual abuse is the number one indicator of someone who would sexually abuse a child,” Lassiter told Cleveland.com. “This is a very real way to protect children from people who could be sexual predators.”
In 2015, Turner was released from prison after serving more than 12 years for convictions in three cases involving children, state records show. Among other charges, he pleaded guilty to 16 counts of rape and five counts of kidnapping with sexual motivation. He must register his address with county officials every 90 days for the rest of his life and will remain on supervision until 2020, Cleveland.com reports.