Man Charged In Alleged Sexual Assault On Dog
Bestiality Not Illegal In Florida
POSTED: 12:45 PM EST January 9, 2004
UPDATED: 7:22 PM EST January 12, 2004
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A man in West Palm Beach, Fla., faces charges after he was caught sexually assaulting a neighbor's dog, according to Palm Beach County deputies.
William McPhillips, 50, a registered sex offender, sexually assaulted a young mixed-breed dog according to WPBF-TV. A caretaker at McPhillips' group home saw the attack, deputies said.
"(McPhillips) noticed he was being watched," Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Cassie Kovacs told the station. "He covered himself with a sheet, and then the dog got away, and then she saw (McPhillips) masturbating himself."
Kovacs said McPhillips was allegedly sodomizing the dog with a spoon, and the dog was yelping in pain.
It apparently is not the first time McPhillips has been seen performing distrubing acts with animals.
"According to the neighbors, he is always walking around with animals, kissing and licking them and everything -- cats, animals he picks up in the neighborhood," Kovacs said.
Neighbors also told Kovacs that at least one cat emerged from McPhillips' home to lie lifeless in the grass, according to the report.
McPhillips was not arrested for bestiality, only for animal cruelty and exposing himself. In Florida, it is not illegal to have sex with animals, Kovacs said.