SEATTLE - King County prosecutors have charged a man with trespassing
in connection with an incident in which a friend was fatally injured
having sex with a horse in Enumclaw.
James Michael Tait, 54, of Enumclaw, is accused of entering a barn
without the owner's permission. If convicted he faces up to a year in
jail and a $5,000 fine.
Prosecutors filed the charge today in county district court.
Arraignment is scheduled for the week of Oct. 31. Tait does not have a
listed phone number and it was not clear if he had obtained a lawyer.
Tait admitted to officers that he entered a neighbor's barn last July
in Enumclaw with Kenneth Pinyan to have sex with a horse, charging
papers said. Tait was videotaping the episode when Pinyan received
internal injuries that led to his death.
Tait, Pinyan and another local man, Greg Cooper, had snuck into the
barn repeatedly to have sex with horses, both Tait and Cooper admitted,
according to the documents. Cooper was not charged with trespassing
because investigators found no videotapes or other evidence that placed
him in the barn on a specific date.
The prosecutor's office says no animal cruelty charges were filed
because there was no evidence of injury to the horses.
The Boeing Company offers condolences to the families and friends of
the following employees, whose deaths recently have been reported to
Kenneth Pinyan, engineer; service date Aug. 19, 1997; died July 2,
2005, leaving behind his wife Andria, our condolences to Andria Pinyan.