Man accused of sex act on dog charged under bestiality law

Scott Turner (ODRC mugshot)

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man accused of performing a sex act on a dog has been charged under a new state law that criminalizes bestiality. reports that 47-year-old Scott Turner has been charged under the Ohio law with having sexual contact with an animal. The misdemeanor offense has a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail.

Court records don’t list an attorney for the Cleveland man. He doesn’t have a publicly listed phone number.

Authorities say Turner told Animal Protection League investigators that the act happened while he was caring for a woman’s dog in May.

Turner previously served more than 12 years in prison for sex crimes involving children. Court records show he pleaded guilty to several counts including rape and kidnapping with sexual motivation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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