LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has charged a Michigan State University physicist for allegedly penetrating a dog with each his hand and penis, based on a information launch.

Joseph Hattey, 51, of Holt, Michigan, faces as much as 15 years in jail if convicted. An arrest warrant was accepted Monday on two counts of sodomy for committing a criminal offense towards nature (bestiality). An arraignment is predicted later Monday. 

The Attorney General’s Office stated in the release that Hattey, a Michigan State University worker, is just not alleged to have performed the acts on campus or with an animal owned by the college.

The fees stem from an investigation by Ingham County (Michigan) Animal Control in conjunction with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, based on the discharge.

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The Attorney General’s Office stated the canine, a basset hound, has been faraway from hurt and is presently within the custody of Ingham County Animal Control.

Hattey, based on the college’s web site, is a well being physicist inside the college’s Environmental Health and Safety workplace. He was beforehand assigned duties inside the college’s Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory.

Messages left in search of remark from Michigan State University, the Sheriff’s Office and Ingham County Animal Control weren’t instantly returned. 

Hattey is the newest Michigan State University worker to face prison fees. 

In March, it was introduced that the previous dean of the college’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, William Derkey Strampel, 70, confronted fees that accused him of groping a scholar and storing pornographic pictures on his laptop. Strampel oversaw disgraced former physician Larry Nassar’s clinic.

In 2017, Nassar pleaded responsible to 3 baby pornography fees prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan and 10 sexual assault fees that have been prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. The Michigan State University Police Department led the investigations. Nassar is serving a 60-year sentence in a federal jail in Arizona.

He additionally was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison on state fees in Ingham County and in February to 40 to 125 years in prison on state fees in Eaton County, Michigan. 

Contributing: Christopher Haxel, Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Follow Matt Mencarini on Twitter: @MattMencarini

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