Madison County prosecutors in Edwardsville, Ill. seek to have Terry Wayne Davis declared "sexually dangerous" in order to have him confined to the Illinois Department of Corrections after the alleged assault of his roommate's female Rottweiler puppy reported the Alton Telegraph.
Davis has pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual misconduct to the puppy which occurred last October. The owner of the dog stated after the assault, the dog became very aggressive and had to be humanely euthanized.
The law requires two psychological examinations to determine if a suspect is determined to be "sexually dangerous." One court appointed psychologist has determined Davis is not "sexually dangerous" as defined by law and is mentally and psychologically able to stand trial. Prosecutors are now awaiting the decision of a second psychologist.
"Under the law, if he is declared a sexually dangerous person, he may be confined to treatment as a result of a civil, as opposed to a criminal, proceeding. He would be entitled to a civil jury trial, but the rules of evidence would be the same as in a criminal case."
If found not to be "sexually dangerous" prosecutors will continue with criminal charges. A prime factor in the decision is if professionals deem him unable to control his behavior because of his mental disabilities.
In 2003, Davis was convicted of Criminal Sexual Abuse with a 16-year-old girl. He was also convicted of failing to register as a sexual offender in the past, and has been charged with failure to register again.
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Davis is currently being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.