Munson, PA – Three men face more than 1,400 counts of having sex with animals on a makeshift farm in Pennsylvania after a teenage boy living there contacted the authorities.
The Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office said a 16-year-old boy who had been living at the farm told police that 41-year-old Terry Wallace, 34-year-old Marc Measnikoff, and 32-year-old Matthew Brubaker had been having sex with the animals, according to KDKA-TV.
He told police that the men had a specially-designed V-shaped pen built to facilitate their perverted activities, and that they’d been having sex with dogs, horses, a cow, and a goat.
The boy also complained about “deplorable” conditions at the farm and said he had been forced to collect rainwater to bathe. He complained there was no electricity or food, according to The Daily Mail.
Police put the teenage boy in protective custody and got a warrant to search the farm on the morning of Aug. 18.
While searching the property on Mouse Lane in Munson, police found a large number of homemade videos, recording equipment, and cameras, according to KDKA.
Although it was not known exactly how many animals resided on the farm, police said there were at least 18 dogs on the property, The Daily Mail reported.
Wallace and Measnikoff had shared photos of the animals they looked after on social media, and asked for donations from friends to support horse rescue charities, authorities said.
Brubaker posed in pictures on social media with a woman and small children that were believed to be his family, The Daily Mail reported.
District Attorney William Shaw Jr. said that this was one of the most extreme cases of animal abuse his department had ever handled.
On Aug. 20, Shaw said that so far, there was no evidence the teenage boy had been sexually abused by the men, according to KDVR-TV.
However, authorities were investigating to what extent he may have been exposed to mental or physical abuse, the district attorney said.
Brubaker, Wallace, and Measnikoff were arrested and charged with 1,460 counts that included cruelty to animals, endangering the welfare of a child, and corruption of minors, according to KDKA.
All three men were held in jail on a $100,000 bail.
The Pennsylvania State Police and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have been working to find homes for the abused animals on different farms.