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Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008County: East Baton Rouge
Alleged: Alex Chaney
While attempting to serve a warrant to a 46-year-old sex offender Wednesday, U.S. marshals stumbled upon the man having sex with one of his dogs in his backyard, an affidavit says.
A team of U.S. marshals had surrounded the house at 9425 Tracy Ave. to ensure that Alex Chaney could not escape while they attempted to serve him with a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender, the affidavit says.
Chaney, clad in only a white T-shirt and black slippers, was standing in front of a chair where a brown and white dog was standing, the affidavit says. Marshals observed Chaney try to penetrate the dog several different ways.
The marshals alerted Chaney to their presence and asked him to meet them at the front of the house, the affidavit says. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies were called out to arrest Chaney.
In his statement to deputies, Chaney said that he woke up that morning with the urge to have sex. He then made himself a cup of coffee before going into the backyard, where he began to think about having sex with animals. He then sat one of his dogs on a chair and attempted to have sex with her.
Chaney was arrested and booked on a count of crimes against nature, booking documents show. Bond was set at $80,000.
East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control came out and took custody of the four dogs found at the residence, director Hilton Cole said.
Veterinarians at LSU are examining the four female dogs - a chow, bulldog, hound mix and lab/chow mix - for signs of abuse, Cole said. Swabs taken from the animals have been sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, Cole said.
Cole said it is not clear whether authorities will pursue charges of animal cruelty against Chaney.
"We haven't crossed that bridge yet," he said. "At this point it's a bestiality case and we're just dealing with it as such."
Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Lucio said Friday that Thursday's events were "very unusual."
In the course of their investigation, marshals determined that Chaney's registration as a sex offender was up-to-date and the 2004 warrant they went out to serve had been recalled, Lucio said.
Chaney pleaded guilty in 1998 to four counts of molestation of a juvenile, court records show. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but the court suspended his sentence and placed Chaney on supervised probation for five years.
08/26/1998, East Baton Rouge Parish DA
14:81.2 Molestation of a Juvenile
- 2theAdvocate - June 21, 2008
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