Rodell Vereen, 50, is facing a bizarre charge that he is a recidivist horse rapist after being captured on surveillance video at the Lazy B Stables in Conway, S.C. with the same horse — a 21-year-old mare named Sugar — that he had sex with before an earlier arrest. The crime of “buggery” is tragically not uncommon (here and here and here) but habitual arrests are rare.
Vereen was on probation for bestiality with the same horse when the horse’s shotgun-toting owner caught him again.
Vereen was on probation for a buggery conviction from a November 2007 assault on Sugar. The stable believes that Vereen had sex with the animal on July 19, but police could not identify him. They were waiting for his return.
The case is not unique. I recall, many years ago, that the barn in the zoo in downtown Chicago had a man with a sexual fixation years ago with one of the horses. They obtained a restraining order to keep him 200 yards away from the horse. They then spotted him on a nearby balcony. He had rented or purchases a condo to be able to watch the horse through binoculars.
Recently a court excluded bestiality from the list of sex offenses, here. While some states still refer to the offense as “buggery,” most put the offense under the bestiality category of crime.
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