DOCUMENT: Animals, Crime

Miniature Horse Lover Dodges Prison Term

Pennsylvania man, 22, gets probation term

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Miniature Horse Plea

JUNE 2--A Pennsylvania man who admitted having sex on several occasions with a miniature horse has pleaded guilty to his perversity, but will not spend any time behind bars, according to court records.

In a deal with prosecutors, Travis Wagner, 22, recently copped to a pair of misdemeanor charges--trespassing and sexual intercourse with an animal. Wagner was originally charged with burglary, a felony, in connection with incidents at a barn in Ephrata, a rural Lancaster County borough.

Wagner, pictured at right, was sentenced to two years probation and directed to pay nearly $2200 in fines and court costs. A judge also ordered Wagner to “have no contact with the victim and or victim’s family.”

Wagner was arrested last year after the horse’s owner contacted police to report that a man driving a Dodge pickup truck had been trespassing on his property late at night. The suspect, the owner said, had gone into his barn, which “houses cattle and a miniature horse.”

After identifying Wagner as the suspected trespasser, cops interviewed him at his residence. During questioning, Wagner confessed that he had entered the barn to have sex with the miniature horse on at least three occasions and “admitted to inserting his penis into the miniature horse for approximately ten minutes and subsequently ejaculating into the horse’s rectum.”

As seen below, a Google Street View image of the Ephrata farm shows the miniature horse in a field that is adjacent to the barn Wagner snuck into. (2 pages)