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Case ID: 9867
Classification: Bestiality
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Oct 20, 2006

County: Saginaw

Charges: Felony Non-CTA
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Ronald Edwin Kuch

Case Updates: 4 update(s) available

A 44-year-old Saginaw man remains jailed on charges of bestiality after he was seen engaged in sexual acts with a dead dog, Michigan State Police troopers said.

Ronald Kuch was arrested after police searched the area of Midland and Carter roads on Oct 20 for a man who ran away from a Bay County Animal Control officer. The entire incident was within view of a nearby day care center.

At his arraignment on Oct 23, Kuch demanded a preliminary examination in Bay County District Court. District Judge Craig Alston ordered him to remain jailed in lieu of $500,000 bond pending a hearing on the evidence Nov. 6.

Kuch is charged with crimes against nature and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Troopers said a woman from the day care center called for animal control because there was a dead dog near the property that had been hit by a car several days earlier.

Before officers could arrive, the man showed up and began engaging in sexual acts with the dog, police said. The animal control officer also reported seeing Kuch involved in the sex act and as he approached him, Kuch shoved him away and ran off.

State troopers searched the area and found the man hiding in the attic of a nearby house.

Officers determined that the house belonged to the man's girlfriend and later learned that the dog, a black Labrador retriever, also belonged to the girlfriend. The dog had been dead for four or five days.

The official charge of crimes against nature carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. If the person is a repeat offender, the maximum is life in prison.


Case Updates

On July 2, 2007, Ronald E. Kuch was sentenced to state prison following conviction for sodomy, indecent exposure and resisting an officer, according to court records.

Count 1: Sodomy (Felony) 28 - 70 months state prison
Count 2: Resisting arrest (Felony) 24 - 36 months state prison
Count 3: Indecent exposure (Misdemeanor) 12 months jail

The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently, and Kuch received credit for time served in the amount of 255 days.
Update posted on Jul 9, 2007 - 2:20PM 
Ronald E. Kuch has pleaded guilty to charges of sodomy, indecent exposure and resisting an officer, according to court records.

The charges stem from an incident on October 20, 2006. Troopers said a woman from a day care center called for animal control because there was a dead dog near the property that had been hit by a car a few days earlier.

Before officers could arrive, the man reportedly showed up and began engaging in sexual acts with the dog. The animal control officer reported seeing Kuch involved in the sex act as he approached him. Kuch reportedly shoved the officer and ran off. He was ultimately apprehended and arrested.

Ronald Kuch is scheduled to be sentenced on July 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the Eighteenth Circuit Court.
Update posted on May 31, 2007 - 5:16PM 
The trial for a man accused of having sex with a dead dog and assaulting an animal control officer has been postponed.

Ronald E. Kuch faces charges of sodomy, indecent exposure, and resisting and obstructing an animal control officer.

Trial is now set for May 30 at 8:30 a.m. in the 18th Circuit Court.
Source: Case # 06-11214
Update posted on May 9, 2007 - 1:17PM 
Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran ruled Friday that even though Michigan law does not explicitly define sex with a dead dog as a crime, charges against a Saginaw man will stand.

Sheeran set a trial date of May 8 for the trial, when Ronald E. Kuch, 45, of Saginaw will face charges of sodomy, indecent exposure and resisting and obstructing an Animal Control officer. If convicted of either of the first two charges, Kuch will then have a hearing on May 30, at which Sheeran will determine whether Kuch is a ''sexually delinquent person.'' If so, the judge could sentence Kuch to prison for any amount of time, from one day to a year, on top of the sentence from the initial charges, which carry up to 15 years in prison.

Kuch's defense attorney, Kathryn Fehrman, argued that Michigan's statute on sodomy and bestiality is vague and does not outlaw sex with a dead dog. Kuch is accused of sexual contact with the carcass of his girlfriend's dog on Oct. 20, about a week after the animal had been hit by a car. The alleged crime occurred near the Forest Day Care Center, 2169 W. Midland Road, on a school day. The teacher was leading an Animal Control officer to the dead dog so he could dispose of it when the pair discovered Kuch, who allegedly scuffled with the officer before fleeing into the woods.

Fehrman asked Sheeran to overrule District Judge Craig D. Alston, who found probable cause that a crime had been committed and that Kuch was the perpetrator.

But Sheeran said Fehrman's interpretation of the sodomy law, which outlaws ''crimes against nature'' and bestiality as well, was off base. He said she ''attempts to use textualization to read the meaning out of the statute and argue that morality has no place in the law.''

Fehrman had said in previous written and oral arguments that a dead dog is not an animal and therefore cannot be violated against its will.

Sheeran said the purpose of the sodomy law is not to protect a specific victim, necessarily, but ''to prevent people from debasing and dehumanizing themselves.'' Such laws also protect society, Sheeran said, and ''prevents people from acting like animals themselves.''

Sheeran also upheld the indecent exposure charge. He said it was irrelevant whether the patch of woods where the alleged crime committed was public or private property.

''There was a substantial risk that someone might be offended.''

''If he didn't want to be observed, why did he commit it during the day near a daycare center?'' Sheeran said, saying that Kuch didn't commit the act ''accidentally or inadvertently.''

Sheeran also authorized a private psychiatric examination of Kuch to supplement the one already conducted at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti.
Source: Bay City Times - Feb 24, 2007
Update posted on Feb 27, 2007 - 11:19PM 

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