An Illinois man under investigation and charged with "battery and attempted indecent solicitation of a child (age 13 - 17 according to court records)" finds himself in even hotter water after police discover he also sexually abused his peacock.
David Beckmann, age 64, had a pet peacock named Phyl. Phyl was found dead in Beckmann's garage on the 29th of April. The Daily Herald reports that police had seen the bird alive and well on a previous visit to Beckmann's home, but upon return, found the animal dead. It is not known how long Phyl had been deceased. Since there is an ongoing investigation, police would not comment further on the subject of the dead bird.
Sexual abuse of animals does not fall under federal statutes, but rather is managed state to state, and all animal welfare laws regarding the sexual abuse of animals stems from the Military Code of Conduct regarding sodomy. The Legal and Historical Animal Center website sites bestiality (or zoophilia) as a felony in the state in the Illinois.
Chapter 720. Criminal Offenses. Criminal Code. Act 5. Criminal Code of 1961. Title III. Specific Offenses. Part B. Offenses Directed Against The Person. Article 12. Bodily.
5/12-35. Sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal
(a) A person may not knowingly engage in any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal.
(b) A person may not knowingly cause, aid, or abet another person to engage in any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal.
(c) A person may not knowingly permit any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal to be conducted on any premises under his or her charge or control.
(d) A person may not knowingly engage in, promote, aid, or abet any activity involving any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal for a commercial or recreational purpose.
(e) Sentence. A person who violates this Section is guilty of a Class 4 felony. A person who violates this Section in the presence of a person under 18 years of age or causes the animal serious physical injury or death is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
(f) In addition to the penalty imposed in subsection (e), the court may order that the defendant do any of the following:
(1) Not harbor animals or reside in any household where animals are present for a reasonable period of time or permanently, if necessary.
(2) Relinquish and permanently forfeit all animals residing in the household to a recognized or duly organized animal shelter or humane society.
(3) Undergo a psychological evaluation and counseling at defendant's expense.
(4) Reimburse the animal shelter or humane society for any reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of the animal involved in the sexual conduct or sexual contact in addition to any animals relinquished to the animal shelter or humane society.
(g) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prohibit accepted animal husbandry practices or accepted veterinary medical practices by a licensed veterinarian or certified veterinary technician.
(h) If the court has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of this Section has occurred, the court may order the seizure of all animals involved in the alleged violation as a condition of bond of a person charged with a violation of this Section.
(i) In this Section:
“Animal” means every creature, either alive or dead, other than a human being.
“Sexual conduct” means any knowing touching or fondling by a person, either directly or through clothing, of the sex organs or anus of an animal or any transfer or transmission of semen by the person upon any part of the animal, for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the person.
“Sexual contact” means any contact, however slight, between the sex organ or anus of a person and the sex organ, mouth, or anus of an animal, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of the body of the person into the sex organ or anus of an animal, for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the person. Evidence of emission of semen is not required to prove sexual contact.
Beckmann was booked May 8th at DuPage County jail on the battery and solicitation of a child charges. He is being held on $10,000 bond and scheduled to be arraigned June 12, 2013.
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