The ad said: "Anyone have a restless dog or horse that needs occupied for a while? Preferably not fixed but either is fine, male animals preferred.
An Ingham County Animal Control officer tracked down the person who placed the ad, and that person reported seeing Hattey having sexual contact with a dog while he was at Hattey's home in January, according to a transcript of the hearing. Investigators later seized a cell phone and personal computer from Hattey's home.
They found numerous photographs of "human and animal acts," including two that authorities contend show Hattey having sex with a dog, the detective testified. Hattey, a health physicist at Michigan State University's Environmental Health and Safety office who ly worked in the school's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, was arraigned Monday in 55th District Court on two counts of sodomy for committing a crime against nature bestiality.
The Michigan Attorney General's Office said he penetrated a dog with both his hand and penis. Officials are not alleging that Hattey conducted sex acts on campus or with an animal owned by the university, the AG's office said.
MSU officials have not responded to requests for comment on Hattey or the allegations against him. A concerned citizen alerted animal control to the Craigslist ad on Jan. The ad's author told an animal control officer that Hattey had replied to the ad in January and invited him to his home in Holt, Cramer testified.
The witness, identified in court records only as a confidential informant, said Hattey had genital contact with the dog and reached around toward the dog's anus before the dog ran away. The court records contain no information indicating the informant has been charged in connection with the investigation.
The informant couldn't see whether Hattey's finger penetrated the dog, but "from the way in which the dog reacted, and in the totality of the circumstances, there's a fair and reasonable inference that actual penetration did occur," the detective testified.
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The dog, a cell phone and a desktop computer were seized by investigators during a search of Hattey's home in March. Michigan State Police found "numerous photographs of human and animal acts and artifacts relating to Two of those photos depict a man penetrating a dog but don't show the facial features of either the human or the dog. Cramer noted that the man has "the same general body type" as Hattey, and the dog has "the same distinctive fur pattern" as Hattey's basset hound.
A veterinary examination showed the dog had suffered anal trauma but couldn't determine that it was sexual in nature, the detective testified. On Monday, Hattey's attorney, Alexander Rusek, said the allegations haven't been proved and that Hattey maintains his innocence. Rusek did not return a message left for him by the State Journal on Wednesday. A hearing to determine if there's enough evidence for Hattey to stand trial is set for June Contact Ken Palmer at or kpalmer lsj.
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