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Teen allegedly broke into neighbor’s barn, molested horse
A young man was caught sexually molesting a horse in Alabama last week — and the owner of the animal has reason to believe this wasn’t their first rendezvous.
“I would say seven, maybe 10 times,” owner Francince Janes told NBC 15, in reference to the number of times she found evidence that her barn had been tampered with last month.
“Toilet paper had been left. The hay stacks had been removed. Items had been turned over. And that’s as far as I want to go.”
Daniel Bennett, 18, of Irvington, is currently awaiting trial after being arrested last Thursday night by officers from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.
He reportedly confessed to attempting to molest the horse — a 20-year-old steed named Polly — inside Janes’ barn and was charged with possession of burglar’s tools, criminal trespassing and bestiality, which is a misdemeanor.
According to AL.com, the official warrant for Bennett’s arrest says he “engaged in or submitted to any sexual contact with an animal, to-wit: a horse.”
Janes told NBC 15 that her husband was the one who caught the young man after their dogs woke them up barking. He reportedly held Bennett at gunpoint and spoke with him briefly before police arrived.
Describing what Bennett told her husband, Janes said: “He likes horses. He wanted to pet the horse.”
Asked what the young man told investigators, she replied: “That he molested the horse.”
Whether it was a spur of the moment decision or not, Polly’s owner hopes Bennett will eventually seek treatment for bestiality.
“I sincerely hope the judge mandates that he goes for psychiatric help,” Janes said. “But just not a slap on the wrist.”