BOSSIER CITY, LA. —
A Louisiana police officer charged in December with 40 counts of
sexually abusing a dog was arrested again Friday and charged
with 31 counts of possessing child pornography.
Terry Yetman, 38, of Minden, was booked into the Bossier Parish
Jail with a bond of $620,000, The Shreveport Times reported.
According to jail records, Yetman remained jailed Tuesday
morning.The details of the new charges have not been made
public, but KTBS in Shreveport reported that Louisiana State
Police troopers and members of the U.S. Marshals Violent
Offenders Task Force arrested Yetman at his home Friday.
He had been out of jail on bond just two days when he was re-
arrested. Troopers said the investigation is ongoing and
additional charges against Yetman are possible, the news station
Yetman, who has been a Bossier City police officer since 2014,
was initially placed on administrative leave in November
following an investigation that began in August with a tip to
state police officials. That investigation led detectives to
obtain a search warrant for Yetman’s electronic devices, on
which they found evidence of pornography involving the sexual
abuse of animals.
Yetman was charged with 20 counts of sexual abuse of an animal
by performing sexual acts with an animal and 20 counts of sexual
abuse of an animal by filming sexual acts with an animal, state
Authorities did not disclose at the time what species of animal
was abused or if multiple animals were involved. According to In
Defense of Animals, an animal rights organization that has
compiled 20,841 signatures on a petition demanding the stiffest
punishment for Yetman, the victimized animal was a dog.
“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,” the petition
KTBS reported that Yetman’s dog, named Boss, was confiscated by
state troopers following his arrest. It was sent to the Texas
rescue to save it from remaining in the animal shelter. The
court in February gave permission for the dog to be neutered for
his health and safety and given “the alleged activity that has
taken place between dog and human,” a court document obtained by
the news station states.
Doll Stanley, a campaign director for the California-based In
Defense of Animals, traveled about five hours from Mississippi
on Thursday to deliver the petition to Bossier Parish District
Attorney J. Schuyler Marvin, the Times reported.
“We will let Bossier County 26th District Attorney Marvin
Schuyler 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,” the petition states.
Stanley said in a news release Friday that thousands of her
group’s supporters were moved by the “horrific case” and want to
see justice for the dog that was abused. “A healthy society
protects its innocents: Vulnerable children, animals, elderly
Sexual predators must be made to fear the loss of freedom and a
stinging financial impact,” the statement read. “We call on
District Attorney Schuyler Marvin to take zero tolerance stance
on bestiality and prosecute Yetman to the fullest if he is found