A recent Louisiana state investigation into a decorated police officer has revealed appalling and disturbing electronic evidence of dozens of counts of sickening and depraved sexual animal abuse. We must ensure that this sick and disturbed police officer who sexually tormented animals is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for his horrific acts of bestiality.
In August of 2018, the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit's investigation into Terry Yetman, an officer with the Bossier City Police Department, uncovered evidence on the officer's electronic devices documenting the sexual abuse of an animal.
On December 19, 2018, Yetman surrendered himself to the Bossier County Sheriff's Department after learning of the warrants out for his arrest. Yetman was arrested and charged with twenty felony counts of performing sexual acts with a dog and twenty felony counts of filming the sexual acts. Yetman was booked into the Bossier County Maximum Correctional Facility, and his bond was set at $350,000.
On January 17, 2019, Terry Yetman appeared in court and his attorney was granted a continuance. The trial date has not yet been set. Yetman remains incarcerated and is on paid administrative leave from the Bossier City Police Department. Prosecutors indicate the abused dog, a Belgian Malinois whom we suspect is a retired police dog, is being moved from the local animal shelter to an animal rescue in Texas.
Under Louisiana state law, an individual convicted of first offense sexual abuse of an animal faces a maximum $2,000 fine, a five-year prison term, psychological evaluation and no contact with animals for a minimum of five years. A second offense carries a maximum $25,000 fine, a maximum prison sentence of ten years, and the related restrictions.
We will let Bossier County 26th District Attorney Schuyler Marvin know we are watching this case very closely and that we fully expect Yetman to be prosecuted for each of the forty counts of felony animal abuse and that no plea deals or mercy should be offered for his atrocious crimes.
Please sign our letter to District Attorney Schuyler Marvin urging him to show no leniency towards Terry Yetman for his horrific and shameful acts of bestiality.
Maximum Sentencing for Officer Charged with Bestiality
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to you with grave concern regarding disgraced Bossier City Patrolman Terry Yetman. Sexual predators like Yetman put your district in great danger and create a sense of fear for when and where they will strike next. This fear is magnified since Yetman was a decorated officer who was trusted to protect and uphold the values of his community.Terry Yetman has been charged with forty counts of felony sexual abuse of an animal; twenty counts for performing sexual acts with an animal and twenty counts for filming the acts. By committing these atrocious crimes, Terry Yetman disgraced his department, violated the trust of his community, betrayed his family, and harmed and traumatized an innocent animal for his depraved benefit. These charges must not be whittled down for the sake of expediting Yetman's conviction. He must bear the maximum penalty for each of the 40 counts to pay for his heinous behavior and to set an example to the community that no one is exempt from justice.I am confident you will seek just sentencing to reflect the laws you took an oath to enforce that reflects the true values of the people of the 26th Judicial District of Louisiana by showing no leniency to this deeply deranged and dangerous individual.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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