Stephanie Weir is a Collierville, Tennessee, woman accused of sexually abusing a dog and possessing child pornography, according to police.
Weir, 33, was arrested by the Memphis Police Department. The arrest ticket, obtained by Heavy, accuses her of sexual exploitation of a minor, especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated unlawful photographing of a minor, and criminal offenses against animals.
Here’s what you need to know:
Stephanie Weir Admitted Taking a Nude Photo of a Child, the Affidavit Says
According to the affidavit of complaint against Weir, obtained by Heavy, the Memphis Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce received a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on May 18, 2023, regarding an individual in the Memphis area having a stored file that they categorized as “apparent child pornography” in an online cloud account.
Synchronoss Technologies Inc. had reported finding the images and submitted the file and subscriber information for the account to MCMEC, according to the affidavit.
All of the files were routed to the Memphis Police Department for investigation, the document indicates. A sergeant viewed the image and confirmed it “depicted a child in a lascivious pose nude,” the affidavit says.
Search warrants were submitted and revealed Weir to be the sole owner of the account, according to the affidavit.
The search warrant also revealed that a total of three video files and five image files contained child sexual abuse material, the affidavit says.
In addition, there was a video file “of Weir having her pet dog perform a sexual act on her that was recorded from Weir’s cellular phone,” the affidavit says.
On July 25, 2023, Weir was detained and brought to the public safety building for an interview, the affidavit says.
She admitted that she utilized her cell phone to seek out child pornography in social media messages groups and that she stored to her cloud data the images and videos of child pornography, according to the document.
“She also advised investigators that she took a nude photo of a toddler age child with her cellphone and sent the photo to another person for sexual gratification,” and that she recorded the video involving her dog, the affidavit says.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Weir’s cell phone and found multiple videos and photos there as described, according to the affidavit.
Weir was taken to jail.
Although a mugshot circulating online shows Weir was in the Shelby County Jail in Tennessee at one point, jail records no longer show her in that facility.
LocalMemphis.com reported that she was in the facility under $200,000 bail.
Online records show she has lived in Florida and Illinois. VINE Link records indicate that Weir “bonded out” of the jail.
Heavy is working to verify several social media accounts in Weir’s name.
Other Women Have Been Accused of Sexual Acts With Dogs
Weir isn’t the first woman to be accused of sexual acts with dogs.
In 2022, in Kentucky, Nolene Renee Horn, a former elementary school teacher, and Christopher S. Jones were accused of engaging in sexual activity with a dog. It was the first case of its kind since the state officially banned bestiality in 2019, according to the attorney general’s office.
In April 2023, police accused 19-year-old Mississippi resident Denise Frazier of having sexual intercourse with a German Shepherd dog in a Snapchat video. In that case, police said the video was too graphic to release and the dogs were receiving medical treatment.