An Alabama man has been charged with bestiality after allegedly molesting a horse.
Daniel Bennett, 18, is accused of having sexual contact with a horse on multiple occasions, the Daily Mail reported. He was caught trespassing in the animal's barn by the horse's owner, Francine Janes.
Bennett reportedly told Janes that "he wanted to pet the horse," WPMI reported. Janes told local media that her husband held Bennett at gunpoint until authorities arrived.
Police found Bennett wearing a trench coat and carrying a "burglar's tool." Janes said she believes this wasn't the first time Bennett visited her barn. She said she found evidence in December 2017 that suggested someone had been trespassing.
"I would say seven maybe 10 times," Janes told WPMI. "Toilet paper had been left. The hay stacks had been removed. Items had been turned over. And that's as far as I want to go."
Janes said Bennett told investigators that he molested the horse -- a 20-year-old mare named Polly, according to AL.com. Bennett was arrested for bestiality, which is considered a misdemeanor. His arrest warrant stated that he "engaged in or submitted to any sexual contact with an animal, to-wit: a horse."
Bennett is also facing charges of trespassing and possession of a burglar's tools. He will appear in court on Jan. 18.
Another case of bestiality was recently reported in Ohio.
Scott Turner, 47, was charged with having sexual contact with a dog, Cleveland.com reported. He had previously spent more than 12 years in prison for three different sex crimes involving children.
Turner was looking after a woman's dog named Athena on May 13, 2017. He reportedly performed oral sex on the dog, according to Cleveland Animal Protection League President Sharon Harvey.
The suspect wrote a letter detailing what he did to the dog. Harvey did not reveal who that letter was intended for, but said it was turned over to investigators. Turner then admitted to investigators that he wrote the letter, court records show.
"This is an unspeakable act," Harvey told Cleveland.com. "But at least now we finally have something we can do about it."
According to Leighann Lassiter, the director of animal cruelty policy for the Humane Society of the United States, 40 percent of sex offenders who have abused children admit to having engaged in sexual contact with an animal at one point in their lives.
"Animal sexual abuse is the number one indicator of someone who would sexually abuse a child," Lassiter explained. "This is a very real way to protect children from people who could be sexual predators."