Three Pennsylvania men face a slew of charges that includes more than 1,400 counts of having sex with animals.
Terry Wallace, 41; Marc Measnikoff, 34; and Matthew Brubaker, 32; are all facing 1,460 counts of sexual intercourse with animals, according to the Clearfield District Attorney’s Office.
The three have also been charged with animal cruelty, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.
State police said in an affidavit that they received information from a 16-year-old boy living at the residence where the three men were allegedly having sex with animals, including dogs, horses, a cow, and goat.
The juvenile was able to describe a specially designed “V” shaped pen that was used to facilitate the sexual contact, prosecutors allege.
In the early morning hours of August 18, state police served a search warrant on the property, and took the three men into custody, reports CBS Pittsburgh.
A search of the property revealed a large amount of homemade videos, along with recording equipment and cameras, according to the affidavit. The teen, who police say was living on the makeshift farm, is now in protective custody.
District Attorney William Shaw Jr. said in a release Monday that no evidence suggests that the 16-year-old had been sexually abused, but the investigation is ongoing “to determine the extent of mental or physical abuse the juvenile may have been exposed to.”
According to the release, the arrests followed what Shaw said was one of the most extreme cases of animal abuse that his office has handled.
Bail has been set at $100,000 for each defendant.
Pennsylvania State Police and the SPCA are still in the process of securing appropriate placement for the animals.
In other crime news, the man who was arrested in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts, the University of Iowa student who disappeared last month, worked less than three miles from where she was staying the night she vanished.
Cristhian Rivera, 24, was employed by Yarrabee Farms for the past several years, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Now, the illegal alien is in custody, charged with first-degree murder in the Mollie Tibbetts investigation, authorities said.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, has been in the area for four to seven years, officials said. Charges were filed in Poweshiek County court. He is being held on a $1 million cash bond, reports the Des Moines Register.
Tibbetts was reported missing July 19, according to a criminal complaint. Shortly after her disappearance, investigators collected video footage from the east side of Brooklyn from the evening of July 18.
The video showed Tibbetts running around Boundary and Middle streets outside of Brooklyn when a black Chevy Malibu drove in the area around 7:45 p.m. July 18.
The footage shows the vehicle, driven by Rivera, going back and forth in the area, according to the criminal complaint.
Officials pulled him in for questioning Monday, when he admitted to “making contact with a female running in Brooklyn” and that he pursued her to an area east of town in Poweshiek County, according to the criminal complaint.
Rivera told officials he exited his vehicle and started “running behind her and alongside her,” according to the criminal complaint. Tibbetts then grabbed her phone and told him she was going to call the police, according to the criminal complaint.
He then told officials that he “got mad” and panicked and blocked his memory, which happens when “he gets very upset,” according to the criminal complaint.
Investigators believe Tibbetts was abducted around the 1900 block of 385th Avenue.
Rivera told investigators he doesn’t remember anything after that until he arrived at an intersection, according to the complaint.
Rivera then told officials that he made a U-turn, drove to an entrance of a field, pulled into a driveway and drove into a cornfield, according to the complaint.
He then realized he had earpieces in his lap, which made him realize that Tibbetts was in the trunk, according to the criminal complaint. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt would not confirm whether Tibbetts was alive when Rivera allegedly placed her in the trunk.
Rivera told officials he pulled Tibbetts out of the trunk and found blood on the side of her head, according to the complaint. He then dragged Tibbetts to a secluded location in the cornfield, according to the complaint.
He told officials he then put her over his shoulder and took her 20 meters into the cornfield where he covered her with some cornstalks and left her.
Rivera was able to use his cell phone to determine the route he traveled from Brooklyn, according to the complaint. He later guided investigators to Tibbetts’ location by memory, and law enforcement found a female body, according to the complaint.
The physical description matched what Rivera shared with officials and the clothing matched what Tibbetts was reportedly wearing on the day she went missing.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 23rd, 2018