Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ohio: Amber Finney, 33, pleads not guilty 'after she was seen in a video having sex with a dog'

OHIO -- An Ohio woman has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of having sex with a dog that police say was recorded on video and then shared on social media.

Amber Finney, 33, entered the plea in Warren Municipal Court on Monday, a day after her arrest, which occurred when workers at a Walgreen's pharmacy recognized her as the woman from a news report wanted for 'getting into trouble with animals' and called 911.

A warrant for Finney's arrest had been issued in January, after police learned about the bestiality video featuring the 33-year-old.

At around 9pm on Sunday, officers went to Finney's home at 1125 Ward Street Northwest and found her hiding in the basement and crying.

According to a report by WKBN-TV, Finney told police the recording was a fake and that she had been drugged with something slipped into her drink.

Investigators believe the video was genuine and that Finney's sexual encounter with the dog took place on New Year's Day, reported WFMJ.

Police first learned about the incident on January 24 when they began receiving complaints from Internet users claiming to have seen the video that featured Finney allegedly performing sex acts on a dog.

According to a criminal complaint, Finney 'did knowingly engage in sexual conduct with an animal, or knowingly possess, sell or purchase and animal with the intent that it be subjected to sexual conduct.'

The suspect was booked into Trumbull County Jail to await her next court hearing scheduled for April 20.

Finney, who goes by the moniker 'HoodPrincess' on Facebook, has owned multiple pets over the years, including a pit bull mix named 'Biggie' and a black-and-white cat.

Police have not said whether the dog seen in the sex video was one of Finney's animals.

Warren, 55 miles east of Cleveland, last year became the first Ohio city enact a bestiality law that classified sex with animals as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, reported the Tribune Chronicle.

The law was passed in the wake of widely publicized case in which a 61-year-old man was accused of repeatedly having sex with his daughter's two boxers.

A similar but less severe state law took effect last month.

(Daily Mail - April 11, 2017)