Pair indicted for bestiality, cruelty to dog

MASON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)A Bracken County woman and a Mason County man have been indiocted by a Mason County Grand Jury for sexual crimes against an animal, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday.

Evidence presented by the Office of Special Prosecutions led to what is believed to be Kentucky’s first charge of bestiality since passage of a 2019 law making sexual crimes against an animal a Class D felony.

According to Cameron, Nolene Renee Horn, 44, of Bracken County, and Christopher S. Jones, 50, of Mason County, were indicted on two counts of sexual crimes against an animal, a Class D Felony, and two counts of torture of a dog, a Class A Misdemeanor.

“This type of heinous and obscene crime cannot go unpunished,” Cameron said. “I am grateful for the Maysville Police Department’s diligent investigation of this case.”

The Maysville Police Department investigated the case, and the Boone County Sheriff’s office provided forensic support. After the investigation, the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions was appointed to handle the case. Assistant Attorney General Rewa Zakharia will prosecute the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 67, sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams, was unanimously passed by the General Assembly in 2019 and made sexual crimes against an animal a Class D felony. The new law took effect on June 27, 2019.

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