A Texas teenager has been charged with sexually assaulting and killing a dog at his home late last year.
A Bell County grand jury returned a true indictment Gregory Moseley Lopez III18, in a case of sodomy in the presence of a child under the age of 18 or causing serious bodily harm or death, Waco CBS affiliate KWTX reported.
Under Texas law, the crime of sodomy is a state prison felony. However, the act is escalated to a second-degree felony if it is committed in front of a minor or if the perpetrator causes grievous bodily harm or kills the animal. A second-degree felony carries a minimum sentence of two years in prison.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by KWTX, on February 16, 2022, an officer with the Temple Police Department responded to Temple High School in connection with a report of a disturbing video being shown to a student. A student, later identified as Lopez, had reportedly shown another student cellphone video of Lopez sexually abusing and stabbing a dog.
The responding officer reportedly spoke directly to Lopez about the alleged video. According to the report, Lopez initially denied having knowledge of such a video. But after further questioning, Lopez allegedly admitted to “cutting the dog with a knife and then sexually assaulting the dog.”
Lopez is said to have voluntarily handed over his phone to the officer. The officer then viewed the video and reportedly wrote in the affidavit that it showed Lopez doing exactly what he described.
According to the report, Lopez also told the officer that the dog in the video died a day after the video was shot.
“Evidence obtained over the phone showed the abuse and subsequent death of the dog took place in December 2021 [Lopez’s] Residence,” the affidavit reads, though prison records reviewed by Law&Crime put the date of the crime as February 18, 2022 — when Lopez was originally booked.
Temple Police detectives and Bell County Animal Control Department officials obtained and executed a search warrant for Lopez’s home. Investigators reportedly found the remains of the dog. The animal reportedly appeared to have sustained injuries consistent with what Lopez previously described to police.
The animal’s remains were reportedly sent to a local veterinarian for an autopsy. The veterinarian reportedly concluded that Lopez’s description of the abuse “consistent with the animal’s manner of death and would have resulted in serious physical injury to the dog and death of the animal.”
Another man in Texas was arrested earlier this year for allegedly killing puppies and leaving them in Austin-area hotels, Law&Crime previously reported.
[image via Bell County Police Department]
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