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    BREAKING NEWS-MI STATE PHYSICIST CHARGED WITH BESTIALITY

    JAMES HATTEY ARRAIGNED 6/5/2018

    Michigan State University physicist James Hattey, 51,  appeared in 55th District Court in Ingham County, MI on Monday, June 4, 2018 (see image at right from WYKC Ch 3). Hattey, 51, was arrested and charged with two counts of sodomy for committing a crime against nature (bestiality).  

    Hattey pleaded not guilty at arraignment and refused to comment on the case. If found guilty as charged he faces up to 15 years in prison. Hattey allegedly "penetrated a dog with his hands and penis" according to a press release from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. His victim was a Basset Hound named Flash who was removed by Ingham County Animal Control. Flash has since been adopted by a family.

    As occurs too often, Hattey's victims were sought using Craigslist ads. A cryptic ad on Jan 8, 2018 was reported to Animal Control by a concerned citizen. Detective testimony quoted the ad as saying "Anyone have a restless dog or horse that needs occupied for a while? I love playing with them. Preferably not fixed but either is fine, male animals preferred." An animal control officer was disturbed by what he read so he tracked down the person who placed the ad after receiving the report. That individual gave testimony (as a confidential informant) that they witnessed Hattey's "genital contact with the dog and reached around toward the dog's anus before the dog ran away". It was implied that sexual contact was made from these actions.

    Investigators seized the dog, a cellphone and a desktop computer to search for evidence. Michigan State Police found "numerous photographs  of human and animal acts and artifacts relating to ... a known bestiality website," according to the hearing transcript. It is alleged that the rape occurred over two months between January and April 2018.   

    Hattey was employed as health physicist at Michigan State University's Environmental Health and Safety office and had previously worked in the school's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.  In April Michigan State University was notified of the investigation and suspended Hattey from his position as a health physicist at MSU pending the outcome of this case. It is believed the crimes took place in Hattey's home and not on the school campus.  Michigan State University officials have not responded to requests for comment.

    This case remains under investigation by Inhgam County Animal Control in conjunction with Ingham County Sheriff’s Office. 

    This case will be  monitored by NARWAI as it proceeds.  Member website's "Abuse Court" page (where such cases are followed to conclusion) will be updated to inform of court activity, statements/results from hearing/s and for the creation of action campaigns as necessary.  


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