Feeds

Virginia corrections officers on 'dog fondling' rap

K-9 chicken-choke caught on camera

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Five Virginia Department of Corrections officers are facing misdemeanour animal cruelty charges, after one of them allegedly masturbated a "K-9" police dog while the others caught the action on video.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Melvin Boone, 40, Cheri Campbell, 35, Anthony Eldridge, 33, Kelvin Thompson, 25, and Adam R. Webb, 27, were at the at the Academy for Staff Development in Goochland County, training to become dog handlers.

Some time between 16 June and 1 August, Thompson "allegedly had some sexual contact with the animal", as prosecuting attorney Robert B. Beasley Jr. explained.

He elaborated: "Essentially, he was touching the dog's penis with his hand. The others were there filming it. That's actually how we learned of it - there's a video."

Asked why the officers had shot the mutt-fondling vid, Beasley admitted: "I don't have the slightest idea - I really don't."

The quintet of dog botherers were shopped by another corrections officer who saw the footage, and they now face a possible year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Thompson's lawyer, Terry N. Grimes, said his client "plans to plead not guilty, but admitted to fondling the animal". He explained that his client was told by the others: "If you masturbate your K-9 unit, you'll have greater control over it."*

Grimes reckons Beasley will have a hard time making the charges stick. He said: "The statute is not set up to deal with this type of thing. I don't think the legislature quite had this in mind."

Beasly, though, insisted he'd "consulted with the state veterinarian's office before filing the charges". The five perps escaped a felony rap because in Viginia this would require proof they had "carnal knowledge" of a "brute beast". This, Beasley clarified, implies intercourse.

Trial is set for 20 November, except in the case of Webb, who'll appear in court on 11 December. Their unnamed victim, "a German shepherd or shepherd mix", was unharmed in the incident, the Richmond Times-Dispatch notes. ®

Bootnote

* Our informant Mike Richards notes: "You know, I'm almost certain Tom Baker never said that to Leela."

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.