Michael Bessigano

Gender: Male
Approximate Age: 30
Location: Crown Point, IN (US)


Jun 1, 2008 - Hobart, IN (US)
Convicted: Transportation of bestiality pornography

Sentence: U.S. District Judge Philip Simon agreed to recommend that Bessigano be sent to a federal prison in Massachusetts that specializes in mental health treatment. Simon said he hopes Bessigano can end the "merry-go-round of incarceration" for bestiality crimes.

Bessigano also faces three years of supervised release after his prison sentence, a term at the low end of federal guidelines. The judge two weeks ago threw out a plea agreement that called for Bessigano to serve two years in prison, stating that Bessigano's history did not make him eligible for a below-guidelines sentence.... more...

May 30, 2001 - Valparaiso, IN (US)
Convicted: Chicken sexually assaulted in hotel

Sentence: Bessigano received a 10 1/2 year prison sentence after admitting to stealing a farm chicken in October 2001 and taking it to U.S. 30 motel where he killed the animal while having sex with it. He was found competent to stand trial, and previous arrests involving alleged abuse or theft of dogs, geese and a rooster helped Porter County prosecutors secure a maximum sentence for animal cruelty.... more...

Feb 18, 1994 - Saint John, IN (US)
Convicted: Assaulting a neighbors dog

Jul 9, 1992 - Crown Point, IN (US)
Convicted: Killing a Rottweiler dog

Jan 1992 - Valparaiso, IN (US)
Convicted: Dog sexually assaulted, killed

Repeat Offender - animal abuse and attempted theft. Bessigano has said he slept with dead animals, including a raccoon, when he was a child. While in jail, he would sleep under his cot, paint cat-like stripes on his body and make drawings referring to himself as "master of cats."