Police Arrest Juvenile in Horse Bestiality Case; Alleged Crime Caught on Tape - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Police Arrest Juvenile in Horse Bestiality Case; Alleged Crime Caught on Tape

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Detectives in St. Gabriel, Louisiana arrested a male juvenile Thursday morning, and charged him with crime against nature in connection with alleged acts of bestiality with a horse.

The juvenile, who is under age 17, is being held in the Iberville Parish Juvenile Detention Center. Authorities said Thursday they were trying to get psychiatric help for the juvenile suspect.

Detectives say they received a tip from someone who saw a WAFB 9NEWS report in which still frames from a surveillance tape were broadcast Wednesday night. The tipster said they believed they recognized the young man shown on the tape, detectives said.

St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau says in all his 20 years in law enforcement, he’s never come across a case like the one. "We gotta catch this guy, he needs help," Ambeau said Wednesday, when he first released the tape to the media.

The owners of a local barn approached Chief Ambeau with surveillance video showing what appeared to be a light haired young man engaging in sexual activities with a small horse. "What I saw on the tape, I still can't believe," Ambeau says.

The police investigation began about two months ago after the owners of the barn reported finding sexual paraphernalia in a horse stall, according to Ambeau. The chief says that’s when the owner put up two cameras and captured images of a slender man walking between two stables.

"Always [going] to the same animal," Ambeau observed. "On the tape, he was [going] to the same animal performing sexual acts."

At Chief Ambeau’s request, WAFB 9NEWS brightened and stilled frames of video showing the man with the horse. WAFB 9NEWS chose not to show moving video of the man with the horse.

Reporter: Avery Davidson, WAFB-TV (adavidson@wafb.com)

Editor's Note: WAFB 9NEWS carefully reviewed the circumstances regarding this case before deciding which course of action to take in our reporting. The St. Gabriel Police Department requested that we air the video, or portions of it, in hopes of identifying a suspect in its on-going investigation into an alleged case of bestiality involving a man and a horse. WAFB 9NEWS decided not to broadcast moving video clips that appear to show the man and horse together. Instead, we included only still frames from the videotape in hopes that someone would be able to recognize the man shown in the videotape. The still frames we selected for our report do not show any situations in which the male appears to be in direct contact with the animal. We realize the very sensitive nature of this story, and because of that, we chose to air this report only in our late evening newscast, at 10pm Wednesday. We will air a brief update on the arrest in this case during our 10pm newscast Thursday. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email WAFB 9NEWS by clicking here.

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