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Oregon man gets jail time for sexually assaulting a horse after pleading guilty to felony charges

The man was sexually assaulting the horse for several years, said prosecutors.

(Photo Credit – Lane County)

Eugene, Ore. – A Eugene, Oregon man has pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges in connection with allegations he sexually assaulted a horse earlier this year.

In January, Mark Theodore Golly, 57, was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a horse for three years, starting in January of 2021.

Mark Theodore Golly (Photo Credit – Lane County Sheriff’s Office)

While KEZI News previously reported that Golly was initially charged with six counts of sexual assault of an animal before charges were reduced to only two counts, Equestrian Media Group could only confirm through recently obtained court records that prosecutors only charged Golly with two counts.

We could not find any court documents showing that Golly was ever charged with six counts.

Golly also applied for a court-appointed attorney but was denied after the court determined that the “defendant is not without means to obtain counsel,” according to an order signed by Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles Zennache.

Zennache sentenced Golly to thirty days in the Lane County Jail, with credit for any time served. According to the judgment document, Golly must report to the jail today (March 29th, 2024). In addition to other general terms of probation on a felony conviction, Golly is prohibited from owning any equines or other domestic animals for 15 years and must also register as a sex offender.

The allegations against Golly initially came to light after a tip from a concerned person was made to law enforcement.


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