Man Who Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted Animals Asks For Stunning Punishment

A man with a history of disturbing sexual offenses has elected to receive a harsh punishment.

An Indiana man who has a history of animal abuse is asking a federal judge to release him early. He's willing to undergo chemical castration to ensure his sexual appetite for furry creatures will be abated. His attorney argues the man is no threat to humans and no more of a threat to animals than people who eat meat or wear leather.

Michael C. Bessigano has a long history of animal abuse. In 1993, he was convicted of breaking into a barn and killing a dog. The 47-year-old admits he's had a sexual attraction to animals that goes back to childhood. According to his attorney, he didn't get enough love and attention from his parents, so he turned to the comfort of animals. Seeking comfort eventually turned into a sexual attraction.

In 2009, Bessigano was arrested on charges of downloading bestiality pornography on his computer. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 33 months in a federal prison, and was later released and placed on federal supervision.

In 2013, the animal lover violated his parole and was arrested for sexually abusing a guinea fowl, a large bird that's similar to a partridge. Because he violated his probation, he was sent back to prison and sentenced to more than seven years for being a habitual offender.

Now, Bessigano is offering the courts a deal: let him out early, and he'll voluntarily undergo chemical castration. Chemical castration requires no surgery; patients are given drugs that reduce testosterone and ultimately reduce the sex drive.

“Mr. Bessigano poses no risk of harm whatsoever to the human members of his community,” wrote Jennifer Soble, his attorney, in the papers filed with the court. “To the extent that Mr. Bessigano has accidentally injured or killed animals during the course of his sexual exploits, that harm is no greater than that imposed by meat-eaters and leather-wearers nationwide.”

If Bessigano were released, he would be placed on Depo-Lupron injections, and would have to keep up with the treatment in order for the chemical castration to remain in effect. Unlike surgical castration, chemical castration is reversible if the patient stops taking the drug.

But his lawyer is hopeful that the treatment will aid in her client's rehabilitation outside the confines of prison.

“If Mr. Bessigano can be provided with the pharmacological treatment suggested above, as well as with proper probationary support and supervision, I do believe that he can remain in the community without continuing to pose an unacceptable level of risk to animals,” Berlin wrote in a letter filed with court documents.

Bestiality has become somewhat mainstreamed, with self-proclaimed zoophiles argue that it is a sexual orientation, just like homosexuality or bisexuality. Thanks to the internet, people with similar interests in having sex with animals have been able to find each other. Some websites have thousands of members. Bestiality by and large remains illegal due to the fact that animals can’t give consent.

Source: New York Post
Photo: Lake County Sheriff's Department

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