A South Carolina man caught on video having sex with a horse was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty for the second time in two years to abusing the creature.
Rodell Vereen was also ordered never to go near the stable where the horse's owner caught him and held him for authorities at shotgun point over the summer. He apologized to the woman and to himself after admitting to buggery at the Horry County courthouse.
"I'm sorry about what I've done. I didn't mean to do it. It's my fault. I'm sorry for what I've done to myself," Vereen said during Wednesday's court hearing.
Vereen was arrested in July after Barbara Kenley caught him entering the barn at Lazy B Stables in Longs, about 20 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach . She had been staking out the stable for more than a week after setting up a surveillance camera and videotaping Vereen's assault on her 21-year-old horse named Sugar, The Associated Press reports.
In July 2008, Mr. Vereen pled guilty to buggery and was placed on three years probation.Then, when she noticed the same pattern again, Mrs. Kenley, 59, of Little River, decided to install a surveillance camera in her barn.
On July 19, Mrs. Kenley caught Vereen in the act on video, Mr. Bryan said. Eight days later, Mrs. Kenley saw Vereen's car and caught him in the barn.
She held him at gun point with a shotgun until officers arrived on the scene, Mr. Bryan said.
Mr. Wayne Brennessel, head of the S.C. Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Mr. Vereen obviously has a mental health issue.
"I don't think he's doing it to be cruel," Mr. Brennessel said. "I think he's doing it because he has a mental issue."
During the trial, Mr. Vereen said he was sorry, Mr. Bryan said, according to Examiner.com.
Barbara Kenley, the owner of Lazy B Stables, caught Vereen with her horse Sugar through surveillance cameras in July and held her at gunpoint until police arrived. It was the second Kenley caught Vereen having sex with a horse at the stable.
Vereen had apologized to the horse owner and his family. He said he failed to take his medication for schizophrenia, so the incident happened, reports AHN.