Man Who Molested Puppy Will Face Criminal Trial If Found Not Sexually Dangerous


An Illinois man has been accused of performing three different sexual acts on a female Rottweiler.

Terry Davis has pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual conduct with an animal. Authorities report that the dog became aggressive after the alleged incidents, and had to be euthanized.

The 44-year-old man has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial. Prosecutors now want Davis to be declared a “sexually dangerous person.”

A court-appointed psychologist, however, has stated that he does not fall into this classification.

The court is waiting on the opinion of a second court-appointed psychologist.

Under Illinois state law, a “sexually dangerous person” is defined as any person “suffering from a mental disorder” that “has existed for a period of not less than one year.”

These persons’ mental disorders are “coupled with criminal propensities to the commission of sex offenses”, and they “have demonstrated propensities toward acts of sexual assaults or acts of sexual molestation of children.”

The second psychologist’s opinion will largely determine what happens next: if Davis is deemed sexually dangerous, he may undergo treatment and only be tried in a civil proceeding. He could also, however, be held behind bars until considered no longer dangerous.

If Davis is decided to not be sexually dangerous, he will undergo a criminal trial.

Sexually dangerous people in Illinois are required to register every 90 days for natural life.

According the Associated Press, Davis is on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry for offenses that took place in 2003, in which his victim was 16 years old.

Sources: Huffington Post, CBS Local St. Louis

Photo Sources: Huffington Post, NBC Chicago


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