MAURY CO., Tenn. – Two men and one woman are behind bars in Maury County, accusing of performing sex acts with an animal.
The Maury County Sheriff's Department arrested and charged 58-year-old James Michael Tait and 44-year-old Kenny Thomason with animal cruelty last Thursday.
Christy D. Morris was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of animal cruelty.
Chief Deputy Nathan Johns said the men admitted to engaging in sex acts with a horse.
“On Thursday, we had a witness come forward and divulge some information regarding some possible criminal activity with animals here in Maury County,” Johns explained. “First of all, it's pretty bizarre behavior and not only a concern for the animals but also the people who are participating in this.”
According to investigators, the sex acts occurred at Thomason's 10-acre farm on Double Branch Road, where both men live.
The arrest warrant says Tait had allegedly been engaging in sex acts with a stud horse over a span of several months.
Thomason was aware the animal-human sex was occurring on the property.
“The farm did have a lot of different animals on there. They had horses and goats and dogs and pigs,” Johns continued.
On Friday, sheriff's deputies brought a veterinarian to the property to check on the animals' health.
Johns said Sunday the horses remain on the property for the time being.
Maury County detectives said the investigation is ongoing and they are looking into whether anyone else could have been involved.
“It's against the law and just like any other crime, we certainly are going to investigate it,” said Johns.
Both men are in the Maury County jail on $100,000 bond each.
In 2005, Tait was arrested in King County, Washington for engaging in sex acts with a horse.