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Judge gives man who was caught on camera with horse a slap on the wrist


The man who was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a horse has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after originally pleading not guilty to bestiality charges in 2021.

The lawyer for Jackson Z. Kelley, who was 19 at the time of the crime, argued that he was not the man captured on video after he was charged with making sexual contact with an animal, cruelty to animals, and nighttime breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

“Many of the tips (police received) were people other than the defendant,” his lawyer argued at the time.

But last Friday, Kelly, who is now 21 years old, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after appearing at the Norfolk Super Court in Massachusetts.

Jackson Z. Kelley

“To have someone break into your barn, pick out a horse like it’s a lady lover, pull her out, and maneuver yourself in such a manner for self-gratification is beyond me,” the horse’s owner, Hillary Swarr, said in 2021.

According to Swarr, Kelley attempted to disable all cameras in the barn but missed one before committing his acts.

The camera caught Kelly masturbating and sexually assaulting the horse about 10 times in a 38-minute video.

Police determined that the horse in question displayed evidence consistent with animal sex abuse.

“The horse moved away several times and elevated her leg in a kicking motion,” police said.

Superior Court Judge Beverly Cannone sentenced Kelly to four years of supervised probation and ordered him to complete a period of psychiatric treatment for sexually paraphiliac behavior.

According to Milford Daily News, “Judge Cannone also ordered Kelley to have his medication assessed and possibly adjusted; to not drink or use drugs; and to have no contact with anyone involved in the case.”

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