MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. – An Alabama man has been arrested for horse molestation. He is accused of repeatedly sexually molesting a horse after its owner believes she found evidence of his crimes left behind in a barn stall.
Daniel Bennett, 18, of Irvington, is awaiting trial after he reportedly told Mobile County Sheriff’s Office investigators he attempted to molest a horse, AL.com reported.
The owner of the 20-year-old mare named Polly told WPMI-TV she found Bennett in the barn Thursday night after her dogs’ barking led her to the scene.
Owner Francine Janes and her husband, who was armed with a gun, reportedly found Bennett hiding in a barn stall.
Upon being found, Janes said he initially told her he likes horses and just wanted to pet Polly.
Nevertheless, Janes’ husband reportedly held Bennett at gunpoint until police arrived. As a result, police discovered that Bennett had a trench coat with a burglar’s tool in it.
Janes doesn’t believe this is the first time Bennett has inappropriately interacted with her horse. She told investigators she found what she believes to be evidence in Polly’s stall multiple times throughout the month of December.
“I would say seven maybe 10 times,” Janes told WPMI. “Toilet paper had been left. The haystacks had been removed. Items had been turned over. And that’s as far as I want to go.”
“How did he explain himself being in the stall?” asked NBC 15’s Andrea Ramey.
“He likes horses. He wanted to the pet the horse,” said Janes.
“What did he tell investigators?” asked Ramey.
“That he molested the horse,” replied Janes.
Bennett’s arrest warrant lists his crime of bestiality as a misdemeanor, claiming he “engaged in or submitted to any sexual contact with an animal, to-wit: a horse,” AL.com reported.
Additionally, Bennett was charged with possession of burglar’s tools, sexual misconduct and second-degree criminal trespassing. He’s scheduled to appear in court Jan. 18.
Janes says she’s appalled by what’s happened and hopes Bennett seeks help.
“I sincerely hope the judge mandates that he goes for psychiatric help but just not a slap on the wrist,” said Janes.