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Thursday, July 18, 2013

St. Louis Man Lawrence Jones, 79, Admits He Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted Horse: Cops

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

click to enlarge A paint horse like this one was apparently sexually assaulted. - VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • A paint horse like this one was apparently sexually assaulted.

Lawrence Jones, a 79-year-old resident of St. Louis County, admitted to police that he sexually assaulted the same horse on multiple occasions, officials say.

"He was digitally penetrating the horse," Detective Sgt. Chris Evenson with the Bel-Ridge Police Department tells Daily RFT. "It's very strange."

Police say the elderly man visited Ace Stable at least twice and assaulted the same animal.

"He singled out a certain horse," Evenson says.

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Jones, a Berkeley resident, is facing two misdemeanor counts of "unlawful sex with an animal" and another misdemeanor count of trespassing. His mugshot was not immediately available.

"It's just something that you hope doesn't happen," Bill Spell, owner of the stable, tells Daily RFT. "It's just pretty weird that somebody is that perverted."

Spell says his son reported the sexual acts to police.

The probable cause statement from the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office says that on March 31, the defendant was "observed digitally penetrating the vagina of a horse. Defendant was told to leave and to not return to the property."

click to enlarge The stable owns paint horses like this one. - VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

But on April 24, he allegedly returned again and was observed committing the same sexual act on the same horse a second time.

When confronted by police, he apparently confessed to the acts.

"He basically said he stuck his fingers into the horse," Evenson says, adding, "I'm kind of baffled."

Both Evenson and Spell say that the horse -- a $40,000 show horse, apparently -- was not physically injured or damaged as a result of the assaults.

Spell says the man has no connection to the stable and was just a random person who came to visit wanting to look at the horses.

He adds, "He's got to face what he's done.... You have to get the police on it and get this guy away from the place and that's what happened."

Now that he's been charged and is banned from coming back, Spell adds, "We're just moving on."

Jones could not immediately be reached for comment.

Here's the full complaint filed last week.

Complaint Thursday Jul 11 2013

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