Ohio man accused of violating new state bestiality law

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Ohio man accused of violating new state bestiality law

An Ohio man is accused of violating Ohio’s new law banning sex with animals, according to Cleveland Municipal Court records.

Scott Turner, 47, of Cleveland, was charged by a Cleveland Animal Protective League officer with engaging in sexual conduct with an animal, court records show. He has been ordered to appear in court Oct. 5 for a hearing on the second-degree misdemeanor charge.

Cleveland.com reports that Turner may be the first person charged under the Ohio law, which took effect in March.

Turner is now accused of having oral sex with a dog he was caring for in May, according to a Cleveland.com report.

The law was approved in December, after efforts in 2011 and 2015 failed to garner enough support in the Ohio Legislature. At the time, Ohio was one of the few states that did not ban bestiality.

Turner served 11 years in prison on multiple convictions, including rape and kidnapping, involving sex crimes against children. He went to prison in 2004 and was released under supervision in 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Web site.

Turner is now accused of having oral sex with a dog he was caring for in May, according to a Cleveland.com report.

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