Last Tuesday an Oregon man was sentenced to 20 months in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting an animal.
According to a statement issued by the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, Kenneth Lijah Duyck was found guilty on January 18 of Sexual Assault of an Animal and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.
An investigation began when Washington County Sheriff’s office received a call from a horse stable owner located in Hillsboro, who suspected someone tampered with a horse in her barn, and asked authorities to investigate.
Duyck, according to officials, quickly developed as a person of interest in the case. As the investigation continues, the horse owner’s daughter, who officials say is a veterinarian, also began to look into the case, and based on evidence she found in the stable, she suspected the horse had been sexually assaulted, Fox 5 reports.
Duyck, officials say, denied any wrongdoing but admitted entering the stable without permission and touching the horse’s tail. A DNA test later linked Duyck to the crime. In addition to the jail sentence, a judge ordered Duyck to go on post-prison supervision for two years, and register as a sex offender.