19-year-old Boston man arrested for sexually assaulting horse

Police arrested a Boston teen Tuesday for allegedly breaking into a Norfolk farm and sexually assaulting a horse — and it was all caught on camera.

Jackson Z. Kelley, a 19-year-old who lives in Allston, turned himself into authorities Tuesday morning. Police have charged him with sexual contact with an animal, breaking and entering, and cruelty to animals.

He turned himself in with his attorney present. In a statement, police say they received “many calls providing information which eventually led to the identification of Kelley as the suspect.”

Kelley allegedly broke into the Turner Hill Equestrian Center in Norfolk before dawn on July 15. Surveillance camera footage showed he demonstrated a familiarity with horses, haltering and cross-tying the mare he violated.

A surveillance system alerted stables owner Hillary Swarr, who told the Herald the act was caught on camera despite the assailant’s attempt to unplug another camera.

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A rape kit showed the horse was healthy and uninjured, but the encounter left Swarr shaken.

“I look at this person as a sexual predator. It’s a threat to a very small community where a lot of people feel extremely violated and rightfully so,” Swarr told the Herald.

Norfolk Detective Samuel Webb led the investigation that resulted in the swift arrest. Kelley was arraigned in Wrentham District Court and has a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday, according to the spokesperson for the Norfolk District Attorney.

Alexi Cohan contributed to this report.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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