Bossier City, LA — As TFTP previously reported, a police officer from the Bossier City Police Department was arrested in December 2018 for filming unspeakable acts with animals. Officer Terry Yetman, 38, was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of animals—producing the evidence himself—including filming sex with his own police K9. This decorated cop was also charged with 31 counts of child pornography several months later. Now, nearly 3 years after his initial arrest, Yetman has since pleaded guilty and has been sentenced.
A judge in Louisiana this week sentenced a former police officer to spend up to 20 years behind bars for possessing child pornography and sexually abusing his dog, Shreveport ABC affiliate KTBS-TV reported.
According to KTBS, Yetman was sentenced to four years on each of the five counts of sexual abuse of animals. Those charges will run consecutive for a total of 20 years. Then he received 20 years on the one count of possession of child pornography, with that sentence running concurrent to the first one.
TFTP learned at the time, Yetman, who had only been out on bail for two days for the 40 counts of animal abuse charges, was taken into custody once more and charged with 31 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles.
According to the Louisiana State police, Yetman was originally arrested on December 19, 2018 and charged with 20 counts of sexual abuse of animals by performing sexual acts with an animal, and 20 counts of filming sexual acts with an animal.
In a plea deal, however, Yetman — despite facing over 70 charges — pleaded guilty to just one count of possession of child pornography and five counts of sexual abuse of an animal.
“The Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit who was assisted by the Bossier City Marshal’s Office and Department of Homeland Security did an outstanding job on this case. They delivered a very strong case to our office and Assistant District Attorney, Allie Aiello Stahl, did an excellent job prosecuting this case,” District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said. “My office will do everything in our power to prosecute those who prey on children and animals.”
He originally faced a total of 45 years in prison and mandatory registration as a sex offender.
In Defense of Animals is a group who works to advance the cause of justice and show lawmakers the public is united against “senseless and horrific animal abuse,” and they held back no words when they decried this officer's "horrific" abuse.
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As TFTP previously reported, Yetman was a decorated officer on the department's Domestic Task Force. The task force was responsible for championing the rights of domestic violence victims and their families. Just before he was arrested, Yetman was awarded the the 2018 Trey Hutchison Award for his work on the force.
The image remains up on the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
Sadly, however, it appears that Yetman led a double life and while he was "championing the rights of domestic violence victims," he was initiating and filming his own violence and abuse at home.
Prosecutors say Yetman engaged in sexual conduct with a dog and possessed pornographic images of a person and an animal engaged in sexual conduct. That person was him.
Police officers sexually abusing animals—and even filming it—is not an isolated incident. Even more disturbing as well is the fact that, like Yetman, many of the officers who engage in sex with animals also abuse children. In fact, TFTP predicted this outcome with Yetman when he was arrested the first time.
As TFTP reported, Robert Melia Jr. was sworn to protect and serve, but a Burlington County jury found he abandoned that oath when he and his former girlfriend repeatedly molested teenagers in the home they shared in Moorestown.
The attacks, including a violent sexual assault on an incapacitated, bound and blindfolded teenager captured on video, took place just feet from where his Moorestown police uniform hung on his bedroom door. Melia and his girlfriend also filmed themselves having sex with a cow. They were both arrested and convicted for their acts.
Officer Derren Tomlinson, 44, with the West Mercia Police department was sentenced to 11 years in prison for unspeakable crimes against children and animals. The allegations against this well-respected police officer of nine years shocked the town.
This model public servant was convicted of raping a girl under 13-years-old, sexual assault on a child, and bestiality. When sentencing Tomlinson, Judge Robin Onions said he was “utterly unsuited to being a (police officer)" — an understatement, to say the least.