Illinois — It was just two years ago when Denmark passed a law making bestiality a criminal offence in a move to tackle animal-sex tourism. Bestiality (also known as zoophilia) is typically defined as relating to recurrent intense sexual fantasies, urges, and sexual activities with non-human animals. Believe it or not, at present, there are still a number of countries where zoophilia is legal including Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Finland, Hungary, and Romania.
In the US there is no federal law against zoophilia although most states class it as a felony and/or misdemeanour although in some states it is technically legal (for example, Texas, Kentucky, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Wyoming, West Virginia, and New Mexico).
Having said that, it makes the following even that much more gruesome, knowing that this behavior is not only largely ignored from a federal legal standpoint, but that it happens and — that it happens so close to home.
In late July of 2017, a then 36 year-old Illinois man, was charged with sexual conduct with an animal, a Class 4 Felony, following an incident on July 28, 2017.
Matthew D. Allen of Gillespie, Illinois (population of 3,412) was charged after the Gillespie Police Department received a tip regarding an alleged sexual incident during which Allen allegedly sexually penetrated a German shepherd dog with his penis. After subsequent investigation, Allen was charged with sexual conduct with an animal.
During that time in July 2017, the Belleville News Democrat reports that the Gillespie Police Department received a complaint Allen had posted a video to his Facebook account showing a male with identifiable tattoos performing a sex act on a German Shepherd. The article states that through their investigation, it was determined Allen owned a German Shepherd and his tattoos matched the tattoos of the male in the video. The anonymous source had taken screen shots of the video, which had been taken down and the account deactivated by the time police were notified.
On May 3, 2018 Allen was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his acts against mans best friend.
Oddly enough, Allen will not have to register as a sex offender upon release, Jordan Garrison, Macoupin County Assistant State’s Attorney told the Belleville News Democrat.
“Under Illinois law, it is not a registerable offense”, he says.
Allen, who is not currently in jail, was ordered to surrender himself to the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department on or before May 29.
The dog did not seem to have any medical issues when police arrived.