MEDIA RELEASE: Officer Accused of Dog Sex Abuse Sparks 20,000 Animal Advocates to Call for Justice
Shreveport, LA (April 12, 2019) – In Defense of Animals has presented Bossier County 26th District Attorney Schuyler Marvin with over 20,000 signatures supporting the prosecution of Bossier City, Louisiana Patrolman Terry Yetman for sexual abuse of a dog. Petitioners are calling for maximum penalties if Yetman is convicted. Yetman is set to appear in court on April 23.
“Thousands of In Defense of Animals supporters were moved by this horrific case and want to see justice done,” stated Doll Stanley, campaign director for In Defense of Animals. “A healthy society protects its innocents: vulnerable children, animals, elderly citizens. Sexual predators must be made to fear the loss of freedom and a stinging financial impact. We call on District Attorney Schuyler Marvin to take zero tolerance stance on bestiality and prosecute Yetman to the fullest if he is found guilty.”
In August of 2018, the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit launched an investigation into Patrolman Terry Yetman’s alleged perverse animal abuse. The investigation uncovered electronic evidence of the once decorated Domestic Task Force officer’s acts of bestiality with a Belgian Malinois who may be a retired police dog.
Yetman surrendered himself to the Bossier County Sheriff’s Department on December 19, 2018, to face charges. Yetman was arrested and booked into Bossier County Maximum Correctional Facility, charged with twenty felony counts of performing sexual acts with an animal and twenty felony counts of filming sexual acts with an animal. Louisiana code Yetman’s bond was set at $350,000.
January 17, 2019, Yetman had a court appearance at which his attorney was granted a continuance. The trial date has not yet been set. Yetman remains incarcerated, not having made bail.
Louisiana state criminal code §89 Crime Against Nature carries a first offense penalty of a maximum $2,000 fine and, or a five-year prison term, psychological evaluation and no contact with animals for a minimum of five years. A second offense carries a maximum $25,000 fine, a maximum prison sentence of ten years, and related restrictions.
In Defense of Animals works tirelessly to advance the cause for justice and to show legislators that the public is uniting against senseless and horrific animal abuse. In Defense of Animals has served to protect animals since 1983 and in Mississippi for 26 years, aiding victims and law enforcement with hundreds of cruelty reports.
For more information, please visit www.idausa.org