An Oklahoma man was caught naked having sexual intercourse with a pony, police say. According to police, Tyler Joseph Schlosser was charged August 1 after the incident in Rogers County.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told Tulsa World that Schlosser was in a pen with a miniature horse in an area west of Inola about 8 a.m.
“A witness told investigators she saw a man ‘full nude standing in the field having sex with a pony,’ according to the affidavit.”
According to court documents obtained by Newsweek, a woman and her child recorded Schlosser on video during the incident and gave that recording to police. The woman told police Schlosser “looked like he was having sex with the animal,” according to the affidavit. When he saw the woman recording him, he “stopped what he was doing and started walking towards them,” police said.
The 29-year-old utility worker told police that his medication caused him to engage in such activity. Further details about what medication Schlosser may have been referring to were not made available. Schlosser’s step-grandfather, James Hester, told Newsweek:
Well, the only thing we can figure out is someone had drugged him. I think somebody put something in a bottle of pop he had. He got sick after he bought that pop and he just lost it. I spoke to him and he don’t know anything about what happened. He’s feeling better now. He come around. Tyler’s not that kind of guy. He’s a good Christian boy. He’s not the kind of person who would do something like that.
Sheriff Walton said that his department doesn’t frequently deal with bestiality cases.
“It stretches the imagination. I certainly have sympathy for the homeowners who had to witness it. That literally causes some emotional scars. People laugh about it and everything. I guess you got to to deal with it, but I do have sympathy for people who have to witness sick stuff like that,” he told Tulsa World.
Walton told Newsweek that Schlosser did appear to be under the influence and said investigators were waiting for test results to determine if drugs or any other substances were in his system. He told Newsweek that they are leaving open the possibility he was drugged.
Schlosser was arrested on indecent exposure and crimes against nature charges. He has been released from Rogers County Jail on bail, which was initially set at $50,000, jail records show.
Bestiality is illegal in Oklahoma, though it is legal in 10 U.S. states. They include Ohio, Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.
There have been a few bestiality cases in the U.S. this year. Last month, for example, police in Texas arrested Philip Samuel Mercon. The 27-year-old was accused of sexually assaulting a neighbor’s dog.
“The dog, a medium-sized, mixed breed male dog, was given back to its owner in order to provide any care the dog required, Martin said. He said there are no current reports of any injury to the animal,” the Waco-Tribune Herald reported.
Schlosser, of Pryor, Oklahoma, has been married since 2011, online court records show. His only previous criminal record in Oklahoma was for traffic offenses, including failure to wear a seat belt and failure to stop at a stop sign, court records show.
Indecent exposure is a felony in Oklahoma punishable by 30 days in jail up to 10 years in prison and a fine of between $500 to $20,000. A conviction for indecent exposure could also result in sex offender registration. Crimes against nature is a statute from 1910.
“Every person who is guilty of the detestable and abominable crime against nature, committed with mankind or with a beast, is punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary not exceeding ten years,” the law states, according to NewsOk.com.
Schlosser is a “respected man,” Sheriff Walton told Newsweek. “Think about his life and his family’s life—10 years from now, 20 years from now—that’s a scar and a label you can’t move away from. If it turns out to be that someone did this to him than we have another crime to go after.”
Schlosser’s attorney told News 9 OK in a statement, “They clearly believe these actions to be contrary to everything it Tyler’s life. He has a good marriage with a baby on the way, an excellent work history, no criminal record, comes from a good family and has been an upstanding citizen.”