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Week of 4/10/2017

Week of 4/10/2017

Benjamin and Tiffany Webb of Oklahoma City

If you’ve been following news of the Texas legislature’s journey to outlawing bestiality, you may know that in Oklahoma (the state just north of Texas), sex with animals is already a felony. Last week in Oklahoma City, a couple was charged for possession of child porn. The staff reporter covering this story for The Oklahoman described Benjamin and Tiffany Webb’s collection of bestiality videos as “extensive.” And we are told some of these bestiality videos feature children.

It’s not every day that we hear of a married couple getting busted for child porn. But the mixture of exploiting animals for sex and exploiting children for sex is nothing new. Criminal profilers are keenly aware of the smoke-and-fire relationship between child molestation and animal rape. But it’s not empirically clear how often children are molested “under the radar” in states where animal rape is still legal. What would happen in Kentucky (where bestiality is not illegal) if police had solid evidence of sex with animals but nothing else? Unless the animal was injured during the assault, police wouldn’t have legal grounds for an arrest. So in states where bestiality remains legal (e.g. Kentucky), it is more likely that an animal rapist could also abuse children and avoid being detected by law enforcement.