Charles Ralph Horton
, 57, was arrested earlier in the week and charged with sodomy. The Cedar Springs man allegedly had sex with a lab/shepherd mix, sodomizing the dog on multiple occasions from August through November 2012.
Court records refer to Horton's alleged bestiality as an "abominable and detestable crime."
"The defendant was a person whose sexual behavior was characterized by repetitive acts which indicate a disregard of the consequences or the recognized rights of others."
Because the alleged crime is Horton's fourth felony offense, he could face a possible sentence of life imprisonment if convicted. Records
show that he was convicted of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 13 in 1991, as well as burglary and breaking and entering in the 1980s.
Horton is being held in the Kent County Jail on a $500,000 bond. If released, he must remain in his home on a tethering device.
It's been a busy last few months in the world of zoophilia. On Wednesday it was reported that Milford, Delaware couple Samantha L. Golt and James P. Crow
were arrested and charged with bestiality after police investigated claims that Golt had sex with a dog while Crow photographed the encounter.
On January 2, it was reported that a man was caught on video raping miniature horses
in Marion County, Florida. The suspect has not been caught.
Last November 21, 20-year-old Arizona woman Brittany Angelique Sonnier
was arrested and charged with having sex with dogs, something she has allegedly been doing since age 13.