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Man admits to sex with toddler, animals in job interview

Cody Slaughter

Cody Slaughter

The Yuma County Sherriff’s Office issued a news release July 2, regarding the recent pre-screening interview of Cody Slaughter, 22, for employment with the U.S. Customs Service. The YCSO only became involved after Slaughter admitted in the interview to having had sex with a girl, 2, eight years before. He also admitted to sex with several species of animal, and to a history illegal drug use. When asked specifically which species of animal, YCSO Major Leon Wilmot told Phoenix New Times that the animals involved were a horse, a dog, and a pig.

U.S. Customs referred the matter to the Sheriff’s Office, who served Slaughter with a search warrant for his home. There they found multiple pieces of evidence supporting his statements in the Interview and linking him to the crimes in question. They were also able to confirm that the acts of bestiality went back as far as 2004 and continued to the present. They arrested Slaughter on one count of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of bestiality. At this point no formal charges have been filed, so he was released on July 10 at his lawyer’s request. The investigation is ongoing. Authorities have a year to file a misdemeanor complaint against him, and seven or more years for some of the other charges.

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