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A Summerfield man wanted for fraud, grand theft and dealing in stolen property, was arrested Saturday for trying to exchange weed for a hot dog at a convenience store.

Officers went to the Circle K gas station at 1986 SW 27th Ave to investigate illegal drug activity. When they arrived, an employee told them that Danny DeJesus came into the store, walked to her register and wanted to trade marijuana for some food.

The employee said DeJesus put the dope in a tissue and then into a cup and gave it to her for a hot dog. The employee took the cup to the employee office and called 911. The cup was given to police officials.

DeJesus denied the allegation and was charged with sell/delivery of marijuana by the officers. He was previously trespassed from the store and charged with trespassing, officers said.

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A combined investigation between the Secret Service and Highlands County Sheriff’s Office lead to the arrest of 3 for counterfeit money.

According to HCSO, the investigation began on Dec. 3 when a deputy was called to a bank about $2,000 in fake $100 bills being deposited through an ATM.

The bank identified, Sarah Brinkman, 25, as the one to make the deposits.

When Brinkman was located by deputies, she was with Joshoa Baird, 26, who said the bills were from a payment for a tree service job and that neither of them had looked inside the envelope before making the deposit.

However, secuity footage from the day of the deposit show another man was present during the transaction, and detectives believed he was the one who provided the phony bills for the deposit, because Brinkman had a bank account, which at the time only ha 10 cents in it.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Brinkman, as was a search warrant for her home. When the warrants were served on Dec. 11, Brinkman was arrested, as was Baird after he admitted his involvement. They also admitted they got the money from William Alston Clarke II, 35, of Sebring. Detectives were very familiar with Clarke since he is on probation for 2017 fraud conviction and is also awaiting trial on more than 20 counts of fraud as well as drug possession charges.

As deputies were executing a search warrant of Clarke’s home, he refused to open the door, forcing the deputies to barge their way in.

Once inside, they found seven more of the same counterfeit $100 bills as well as some marijuana. Clarke was arrested but refused to say where he got the counterfeit bills.

Brinkman and Baird were both charged with 20 counts of fraud/uttering a false bank bill or note, defrauding a financial institution, grand theft, possession of 10 or more forged bills/notes.

Clarke was charged with 20 counts of fraud/uttering a false bank bill or note, 7 counts of possession of a counterfeit bank bill or note, defrauding a financial institution, grand theft, possession of 10 or more forged bills/notes, obstructing the execution of a search warrant, possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment and violation of probation.

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A Belleview woman crashed a car into a liquor store early Tuesday and then stole a bottle of Jim Beam bourbon whiskey, according to officials with the Belleview Police Department.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., BPD officers responded to the Winn-Dixie Liquor Store at 11310 S. U.S. 441 in response to an alarm. The front glass door was significantly damaged.

Store surveillance video showed a woman driving a Nissan Altima into the door. The woman, who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and dark pants, got out of the car and went inside. She took a 1.75 liter bottle of Jim Beam that had a sale price of $23.99, with an extra $10 off.

An employee who viewed the film told officers that the woman, Suzanne Campbell, lives next door to the store.

Officers went to the home, on Southeast Campbell Road, where they saw the car, which had damage on the front right passenger side. Inside the vehicle was a half-empty bottle of Jim Beam.

Officers knocked on the door of the home and a woman opened it. Several women were inside. The officers were invited in and found Campbell, 56, lying on a bed.

Campbell told the officers that she was too intoxicated to walk. She told the officials she had driven her vehicle into the store.

The officers were told that Campbell had not eaten in five days and had been consuming alcohol.

An ambulance was called for and Campbell was taken to the Summerfield Emergency Room for treatment for high alcohol intake. Police said she had to be cleared twice from the hospital before she could be booked at the Marion County Jail.

Campbell faces charges of burglary, retail theft and criminal mischief. She remained at the jail on Wednesday, with bail set at $6,000.

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Ocala police on Wednesday arrested a man accused of masturbating while looking at a woman in the swimsuit section at Target.

A police officer was called to Target after a loss prevention officer saw a man, later identified as Bryan Swaim, 51, acting suspiciously in the store. The loss prevention officer thought Swaim was attempting to steal items. When he went to the loss prevention office to get a closer look at the individual on camera, another loss prevention officer told him that the man was exposing himself.

The Ocala police officer saw the store surveillance video of Swaim watching the woman and going back and forth between clothing racks. His basketball shorts were slightly pulled down and the lower half of his body was exposed, police officials said. The video also showed him watching the woman, 35, while masturbating.

The officer found the woman, who was still in the store, 2000 SW College Road. She said she saw an older man staring at her near the swimsuit area and it made her uncomfortable, so she left. The woman said she never saw Swaim touching himself.

Swaim was arrested on charges of exposure of sexual organs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are first-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. State records show Swaim has had more than a dozen convictions, including two instances of assault on a child younger than 16. Those incidents occurred in Duval County, according to the records.

This is the second time in recent months that police have accused a man of exposing himself at that store. In June, an officer arrested a 21-year-old man on a charge of indecent exposure. According to police, the man accepted a $20 bet from friends to expose himself while in Target. Three women alleged Kuhn had exposed himself to them while they were in the store in May. Officers got a warrant for his arrest and took him into custody.

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A worker at the Amazon fulfillment center near Lake Nona was arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing nearly $4,000 in merchandise and gift cards — and shipping the site’s customers empty boxes.

The worker, 20-year-old Elvis Edgardo Soto, faces a felony charge of third-degree grand theft. He was booked into the Orange County Jail early Tuesday and has since been released on bail.

Brenda Alfred, a public relations manager for the company, said in an email Wednesday that Soto “no longer works for Amazon.”

According to an arrest report, a loss prevention employee at Amazon discovered the theft after running a report for gift cards that had been redeemed within six hours of being issued by the 2.4-million-square-foot warehouse on Boggy Creek Road.

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Lorrie Anne Carroll, 42, of Monterey Way in Port St. Lucie, was jailed on a battery charge and three counts of resisting an officer without violence after the Dec. 2 incidents.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies about 3 a.m. went to Carroll’s listed address. Her boyfriend said they started arguing the evening prior because Carroll wanted to engage in intimate activities, but he didn’t.

The boyfriend said Carroll “continuously tried to have sex with him even though he told her several times he wanted to be left alone,” the affidavit states.

He said he went to a bar to get away from Carroll. He said when he returned, Carroll started arguing “about having sex again.”

She “demanded” he start fooling around with her, but he said he was tired and not in the mood.

Next, he said, Carroll hit him in the chest and groin and tossed a paint roller at his head.

Deputies reported Carroll was “obviously intoxicated” and uncooperative.

Carroll was arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail.

Syracuse, NY — A Florida man was sentenced to 18 1/2 years today for selling numerous guns — many with high-capacity capabilities — on Syracuse streets in 2015 and 2016.

Victor Vazquez Melendez, 35, of St. Cloud, had faced up to 40 years in prison, prosecutor Shaun Chase said. Chase had advocated for the maximum sentence.

Chase noted that seven of the dozen guns identified at trial were found loaded and five had more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

But state Supreme Court Justice Gordon Cuffy instead settled on the 18 1/2 years, including 3 1/2 years for the guns themselves and 15 years for selling them.

Defense lawyer Paul Carey questioned the jury’s verdict at sentencing today, noting that no one actually testified to seeing Melendez possess or sell guns in New York.

“We’re kind of stunned,” Carey said today. “He lived in Florida.”

But Cuffy said there was “overwhelming” evidence that Melendez was responsible. Though it was a circumstantial case with no eyewitnesses, there was still a “tremendous amount of evidence,” Cuffy said.

“Sometimes, circumstantial evidence is the best evidence,” the judge said. “I was not stunned by the jury’s verdict.”

*This individual was wanted on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim and felony battery when deputies located him at a house in DeLeon Springs. A deputy noticed the defendant was covered in a blanket and ran into a bedroom shortly before he surprised a second deputy by jumping straight through a closed window. The defendant was treated on scene for minor injuries obtained during his exit, and remains in custody on $5,000 bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

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ORLANDO, Fla. —
Newly uncovered video captures the moment a man fell into a pit of alligators while trying to perform a stunt in Orlando.

Michael Womer plunged into the pit of gators when a rope swing snapped during a performance in Orlando.

It happened two years ago, but Womer said the video has picked up steam after he recently reshared it on his YouTube page.

Womer fell into the water but managed to escape without injury.

“It was at this precise moment, I knew what a turkey feels like right before Thanksgiving dinner,” Wormer said in video he posted on Facebook.

Womer, who refers to himself as the “gator crusader,” has dozens of videos of himself performing alligator related stunts on his YouTube page.

In one video, Womer brushed an alligator’s teeth and in another he sticks a hotdog in his mouth and then feeds it to a gator.

Womer spoke with WESH 2 News on Tuesday about the accident. See video, below.

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The Magical Butter Botanical Extractor is a mechanical device which looks similar to a coffee thermos and is marketed as a tool to infuse food with your favorite herbs.

Sheriff’s officials say a Hillsborough County firefighter used one to create homemade cannabis oil.

Deputies were called Monday afternoon to Hillsborough Fire Station 26, a small public safety house at 5302 Thonotosassa Road, after someone found a Magical Butter machine in the workout room with marijuana in it.

The device was powered on and plugged into a wall outlet, according to a report. When deputies opened it, they found a yellow liquid that appeared to be cannabis oil. Two pieces of marijuana were in bottom.

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BAL HARBOUR, Fla. – An Uber Eats customer was expecting his delivery of Japanese food this weekend and he did get it, but he got a little something extra in the bag as well.

Leo, who only wanted to be identified by his first name, is beside himself after he received a pair of soiled underwear with this takeout order.

“Disgusting, unhealthful, it’s potentially deadly,” Leo said. “What do you do if you find this in your food?!”

Leo, who was visiting Miami for Art Basel, ordered just before 10 p.m. from a nearby Japanese restaurant through the Uber Eats app. When it arrived, he walked out of his hotel to meet the delivery driver.

“I grabbed the food and right when I got the food she took off running and I was like, ‘That was kind of odd,'” Leo said.

Brushing it off, he walked up to his hotel room and opened the plastic bag.

In it, he saw his food in a brown paper bag and something else.

“I thought this, when I was pulling it out, this sure is a fancy napkin,” Leo said.

But it wasn’t a napkin at all, it was a pair of thigh-length underwear, stained with what looks like human feces.

Disgusted, he threw them back into the bag and contacted Uber, the restaurant and the police department.

All of them apologized, but said they couldn’t really do anything about it.

But Leo said that wasn’t good enough, so he called Local 10 News, saying he wanted to make sure people were aware of what happened.

“Any other thing, you can let it pass, but that’s not a joke,” Leo said.

Uber said it provided Leo a full refund and said the courier had no prior issues.

“What’s been reported is very concerning. We are reviewing this order and reaching out to all parties involved to help understand what may have occurred. The courier has been removed from the app pending investigation,” Uber said in a statement.

Bal Harbor police did give Leo a report number and told him officers are looking into it. However, police did not respond to requests for comment about the incident.

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Hudson, FL – A 14-year-old suspect was arrested after fleeing from a Pasco County deputy and crashing a stolen car on Sunday.

The chase and crash were caught on the deputy’s body cam video.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect took the keys to a 2015 Mazda 6 without permission from Golden Oldies Auto Sales in Hudson.

The boy drove the stolen vehicle through the metal rope blocking the parking lot and drove south on US Highway 19.

The suspect was located by a deputy and gave chase, switching lanes to avoid traffic and stop sticks.

The vehicle crashed near 12201 US Highway 19.

The suspect fled on foot after the crash and the deputy chased after him.

The boy was taken into custody for grand theft auto and criminal mischief after the short foot pursuit.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. —
When 19-year-old Damon Kemp came into court Sunday morning, he was screaming.

Kemp is facing two second-degree murder charges after two 19-year-olds were found shot and killed Friday evening, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Police found Trey Ingraham and Jordan Paden shot to death in an apartment around 8 p.m., police spokeswoman Lyda Longa said.

Members of the victims’ families were present at the first appearance hearing.

The judge found probable cause for the charges and denied bail to Kemp.

A Pompano Beach woman was taken into custody over the weekend on a disturbing charge after police say she stuffed four puppies into a backpack and allegedly abused them while inside of a bar.

Broward Sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Teresa Gardner on Sunday morning and charged her with multiple counts, include tormenting animals and resisting arrest.

According to an arrest report, witnesses saw Gardner swinging the backpack as well as slamming it on tables and benches at the Briny Irish Pub located off East Atlantic Boulevard.

Deputies were able to rescue the puppies, each just four weeks old, who appeared shaken and tormented.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Local police are cracking down on one of the world’s oldest crimes, even if the attempted transactions are…unconventional.

A Pinellas Park man is accused of offering to have oral sex with an undercover St. Petersburg police officer in exchange for a hamburger on Dec. 1.

According to an arrest affidavit, Frank Caponi, 57, propositioned a female officer he thought was a prostitute.Authorities arrested him on a prostitution charge.

It’s unclear what type of burger was allegedly offered.

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Get out of jail free: because you’re too fat.

A 600-pound Florida man, arrested for scamming restaurants in 2007, was offered a plea deal when prosecutors discovered it was too expensive to incarcerate him, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

George Jolicoeur, 38, is infamous for ordering food and then complaining about the quality and refusing to pay after he eats it.

The obese thief once devoured five milk shakes before finding a hair in the shake and refusing to pay.

Jolicoeur was arrested in 2007 after downing nearly $50 of beef jerky from a 7-Eleven, then claiming the last few scraps were moldy.

Police tracked him down at home and arrested him.

The beef jerky got me,” Jolicoeur said on his way to prison.

After Jolicoeur was charged with five counts of felony petty theft, he became ill and bedridden. He now resides in a nursing facility and relies on a respirator to breathe.

After prosecutors discovered that the state would have to foot the bill for Jolicoeur’s medical care they offered a plea deal.

“He’s in his prison cell,” said Assistant State Attorney Kyan Ware. “He’s not getting out of that bed.”

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released a disturbing video that shows two teenage girls fighting. Deputies say the video also shows a woman coaching one of the girls during the brawl.

Giselle Reyes Felix, 36, is accused of instigating a fight between the girls. She was arrested on charges of Child Abuse and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Neither girl was seriously injured during the fight, which happened on Nov. 29.

According to an arrest affidavit, Reyes Felix drove a 16-year-old girl to the area of where a 17-year-old girl lived in Kissimmee, because of problems between the two teens.

The 17-year-old victim was walking home from school when she heard a car horn and saw a car quickly approaching her. The 16-year-old suspect yelled at the victim and then attacked her, according to the affidavit.

Deputies say while the two girls were fighting, Reyes Felix, the , was coaching the suspect on what to .

When the victim fell on her back, the 16-year-old stomped on her head multiple times with her feet. A Good Samaritan was able to stop the fight temporarily, but deputies say Felix encouraged the 16-year-old to again attack the other girl.

The 16-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with Battery.

“Our adult suspect was supposed to be responsible for the 16-year-old girl. Instead, she not only drove the girl to the victim, but she also incited and encouraged a fight, and coached the girl on how to hit the victim. This was totally irresponsible,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The identities of the two girls have not been released.

A crash ended in an arrest and an unusual discovery by troopers who pulled a driver over along I-4, according to investigators.

A 911 call started a pursuit between troopers and a truck driven by Shane Taylor on Saturday.

The truck was wanted for a crash that happened a bit earlier, officials said.

Dash cam video shows the trailer swerving, sparks flying, and the moment when troopers eventually stopped the driver.

There were several animals inside the truck, including a lemur that jumped out and gave troopers a difficult time when they tried to capture it.

There was also a wallaby, a tortoise, a goat and some sheep.

During the stop, troopers also interviewed two drivers who claimed to have been struck by Taylor.

A third victim came forward at the FHP station.

Troopers also said there was a strong odor coming from Taylor’s vehicle.

He was arrested and faces several charges, including DUI and reckless driving.

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Floriduhhhhhhhhh : The clumsy thief was caught on CCTV raiding a Hyundai dealership in Lakeland

This is the hilarious moment a bungling burglar breaks through the wall of a car dealership, but loses his pants in the process.

Police in the town of Lakeland, Florida released the clip on Friday as they appealed for help from the public to catch the unwitting criminal who broke into the store earlier this month.

Footage shot at around 9pm on November 18 shows the man struggling to get in through a gap in the wall having punched a hole in it using a fire extinguisher.

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Florida man is wanted by police for allegedly disguising himself as a woman and using a stolen credit card to buy a French Bulldog puppy worth thousands of dollars.

Largo police officials said the suspect—now identified as Bryant Farfan—had entered the All About Puppies store on October 2 and successfully acquired the fawn-colored dog. He used a stolen Florida driver’s license and falsified adoption records, ABC Action News reported.

It is believed the puppy is worth $4,000. Police said Farfan may be attempting to sell the dog for profit—leading the All About Puppies store manager to offer a reward for its safe return. The suspect was reportedly identified because he has a previous criminal record in the state.

Pet store manager Allie Julian told ABC Action News: “The only thing we are hoping for is the safe return of our puppy. We’re offering a $1,000 reward in hopes that someone will do the right thing and return her to us.” Police said “probable cause exists for Farfan’s arrest.”

On social media, police posted mugshots of Farfan, including one of him dressed as a woman. It posted a snap of the French Bulldog when it was 8 weeks old. The dog is now 5 months old.

Surveillance footage released showed Farfan holding the puppy while in the pet store.

“If you have purchased a French Bulldog from Farfan recently, contact detectives and the staff at All About Puppies to determine whether or not your animal was stolen from this business,” officials wrote yesterday. Police noted that any leads to the whereabouts of either Farfan or the stolen puppy could be directed to Det. Steve Allred or Det. Lance Moore at 727-587-6730

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A 73-year-old Florida woman wanted to make sure what she was smoking was really methamphetamine, so she took the drugs to her doctor for testing.

Polk County resident Barbara Lee Ray said she was “scared” of what smoking it was doing to her, according to the Miami Herald, which cited an arrest affidavit and brought her doctor at the Complete Care Family Medicine Associates office in Fort Meade two clear plastic bags containing a crystal-like substance on Nov. 5.

Both bags tested positive for meth, the Herald reported.

Although it was unclear how she obtained the drug or why she was smoking it, she did tell her doctor she’s been smoking meth for about a month.

Ray was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of methamphetamine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, the newspaper said.

The arrest warrant said Ray, who was released from jail on Nov. 7, appeared to be under the influence of the drug when she was taken into custody.

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WESLEY CHAPEL — A 25-year-old woman was arrested Nov. 21 after deputies said she stole a former housemate’s Apple Watch and then bragged on Facebook that she got it for a boyfriend.

Stefanie Marie Borreli of Wesley Chapel now faces a grand theft charge. Here’s what deputies said happened:

At about noon on Nov. 1, a man was moving out of Borreli’s home with the help of a friend.

The friend noticed Borreli remove a watch from a bag during the move-out, deputies said. It was an Apple Watch worth $300.

Later, witnesses told deputies, Borreli posted a photo of a black Apple Watch on Facebook with the caption, “Ha Ha got him.”

In another Facebook post, Borreli wrote, “Got an Apple Watch for my new bae,”

She was released a few hours after her arrest on $2,000 bond.

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Two men have been arrested on homicide charges after authorities say a third man was lured to a home and stabbed to death over a stolen game console late Monday.

Seminole County deputies believe Jake Bilotta, 22, and Ian McClurg, 21, coaxed Joshua Barnes, 24, to the home they shared near Maitland and killed him in revenge over a stolen PlayStation, Sheriff Dennis Lemma said.

Deputies were called to the home at 1917 South Boulevard just before midnight. A third roommate, Walter Johnson — who had only lived in the home for about a week — had just arrived home from a Tinder date and found Bilotta in the process of putting Barnes’ body in plastic bags, Lemma said.

He had been stabbed several times with a seven-inch chef’s knife.

Lemma said Barnes had previously lived with Bilotta and McClurg, but had been evicted for about two weeks. Bilotta and McClurg suspected Barnes had broken into their home and stolen the game console, the sheriff said.

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Passing gas in public is often embarrassing. But for a Dania Beach woman, doing so while waiting in line at a Dollar General store led to her arrest on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

It’s what police say she did after a man in line complained about the act that led to the charge.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office complaint affidavit, Shanetta Yvette Wilson, 37, was in the checkout line at the Dollar General store on 120 S. Federal Hwy in Dania Beach on Sunday evening. John Walker, the customer standing next to her, got into a verbal dispute “in reference to the defendant farting loudly,” according to the affidavit.

Wilson allegedly pulled a small “lock back knife” from her purse, “opened the knife and told the victim she was going to ‘gut’ him,” the police report said.

While doing so, she pulled back her right hand with the knife as if she was going to attack the victim with it, the report read.

Walker was “in fear that he was going to be stabbed by the defendant,” the affidavit read.

After police were called, Wilson was found by deputies in the area of 45 NW 5th Ave. and identified by Walker.

Wilson was arrested and taken to the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach. Her bail was set at $2,500.

Marion County woman faces a first-degree murder charge after she hid drugs in her vagina and smuggled them into jail, where a fellow inmate died after ingesting them, authorities said Tuesday.

Jeniffer Lane Patrick, 24, of Summerfield was arrested on drug charges Sept. 7, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Surveillance video from a holding cell at the jail showed Patrick handing something to inmate Lorraine Gardner, deputies said.

Gardner, 22, held the substance to her face and quickly showed signs of distress, authorities said. She became unresponsive, and jail officials were not able to resuscitate her.

The medical examiner determined that Gardner died from a mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Detectives reviewed jail video and phone calls between Patrick and her boyfriend, 49-year-old Scott Derringer, after the incident. They said both made incriminating statements.

Patrick also was charged with smuggling contraband into a detention facility and possession of heroin. She is being held without bond at the Marion County Jail.

Derringer was charged with solicitation to possess fentanyl.

A Florida man has been arrested for having sex with a miniature horse on multiple occasions, deputies say. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Nicholas Anthony Sardo, of Citra, has been arrested and charged with four counts of bestiality/sexual contact with an animal.Sardo admitted that he had sex with the horse four times during the course of a week, according to the detective. The sheriff’s office stated in a press release that, “he used a condom each time because he didn’t want to get a disease from the horse.”

Additionally, Sardo told the detective that he knew he was wrong for what he did and that, “he was a sick man,” according to the sheriff’s office. One of Sardo’s family members is the owner of the horse and the horse is currently under their care. Stipulations of Sardo’s future contact with the horse could be determined by a judge in the near future.