PENN YAN — A Dundee man who tried to have sex with a horse has pleaded guilty to a pair of charges.
Raymond Arthurs, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Yates County Court to third-degree attempted burglary and attempted sexual misconduct. The burglary charge is a felony.
Arthurs admitted that on Feb. 22, he entered a barn on Ray Crosby Road in Barrington and attempted to have sex with a female horse. He was arrested the next day by county deputies and charged with criminal trespass and sexual misconduct, both misdemeanors.
District Attorney Jason Cook said after reviewing the case, he submitted it to a grand jury. On April 11, Arthurs was indicted on six counts including third-degree burglary and several misdemeanors, including sexual misconduct and cruelty to animals.
Arthurs previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, but withdrew that defense when he pleaded guilty. He was represented by Public Defender Ed Brockman.
“This was a strange case and we were prepared to do the trial ... but the defendant apparently realized we had a strong case of evidence. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge and a sex crime and will now be a registered sex offender,” Cook said. “I will be recommending a term of jail as a sentence. Also, by his guilty plea we avoided the significant expenses that would have come with the defendant’s mental examination and the trial.”
Arthurs is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9 by Judge W. Patrick Falvey. He is free on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.