On Tuesday, May 20, the Seattle Times reported that a Washington state man who was convicted of having sex with animals (bestiality) has returned to prison after violating the terms of his release. The Chandler Edwards Group, the only organization in the country specializing in special animal assault crimes, spoke out about this contentious case today.
Douglas Spink, 43, is an advocate of bestiality and zoophilia (sex between humans and nonhuman animals) and a convicted cocaine smuggler. He returned to federal prison on May 9 for again disobeying court orders to stay off the Internet and stay away from animals.
"Doug Spink's case is complex and indicative of why law enforcement and prosecutors need to take bestiality very seriously," stated Jenny Edwards of Chandler Edwards.
Spink, who was charged with smuggling 370 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle in 2005, admitted to drug smuggling to avoid a ten-year sentence. He agreed to cooperate against others who were involved in a drug-smuggling conspiracy, receiving a three-year sentence.
The Sheriff's Office raided Spink's property in 2010, referring to his home as a "bestiality farm." Spink was on federal probation for his drug charge at the time of the raid and returned to federal prison for almost three years.
During the 2010 raid, authorities arrested Stephen Clarke, a British citizen who said he specifically traveled from England to Spink’s property to have sex with animals. Clarke was convicted of animal cruelty and sent back to England.
“No animal cruelty charges were filed against Spink,” explained Edwards.
When Spink got out of prison in 2013, Whatcom County filed state animal cruelty charges against him. That case has yet to come to trial.
After his 2013 release, it didn’t take long for Spink to re-offend. He began operating bestiality websites and blogs, and in February of this year, he also became the suspect in a dog's disappearance.
“Spink almost immediately violated the new conditions of his federal parole by moving to Port Angeles without notifying his PO and by having possession of a dog and horse,” stated Edwards.
Official documents allege that Spink had access to the Internet where he had been staying. Jefferson County Officials also stated that he had allegedly been boarding horses nearby under an assumed name. Federal documents note that one of the horses had been previously taken away from Spink.
Spink returned to prison on May 9, receiving a 9-month sentence for the violation of his release.
“Nine months was the best they could do. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez could’ve given him the full remaining sentence (30 months) but felt that it would be ‘punitive’ and that he didn't have legal justification for that, as the parole violations were basically minor,” explained Edwards.
“He forgave the remaining 21 months. The judge and prosecutor felt it was a ‘waste’ of federal resources to spend any more time on him.”
Those who commit animal cruelty often commit other crimes, as evidenced by Spink’s drug smuggling conviction.
"Animal sex offenders are often involved in other criminal activity. They’re very mobile and highly resistant to changing their behavior. Chandler Edwards is pleased that Doug Spink has been ordered to serve additional time in federal prison, as it completely restricts his access to animals during that time. We support and encourage the Whatcom County prosecuting attorneys office in proceeding with animal cruelty charges against Spink as soon as he is released from federal custody,” stated Edwards.
“They had to file the interpleader to get legal custody of the four stallions and seven dogs that were removed at the request of the feds and not because of animal cruelty. The feds couldn’t order Spink to not possess animals, as that’s a state-related issue.
“The problem is a) bestiality is a lifetime sexual orientation; b) Spink will almost certainly reacquire animals as soon as he's released because there's nothing preventing him from doing that, and c) the Whatcom County prosecutor's office could very well decide not to pursue animal cruelty charges against Spink.”
When Spink is released from federal prison, he will face a criminal trial in Whatcom County for misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Learn more about Chandler Edwards by visiting their website here.