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Man with history of bestiality charged in assault, death of fowl

Michael Bessigano New Chicago Ind. charged with bestiality. March 9 2013. Sun-Times Media

Michael Bessigano of New Chicago, Ind., charged with bestiality. March 9, 2013. Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 10, 2013 6:13AM



A man from New Chicago who has served time in prison for repeated incidents involving bestiality was arrested again Friday on three felony charges.

Michael Bessigano, 42, was arrested by Lake County Sheriff’s Police officers on felony charges of bestiality, killing a domestic animal, and torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.

On the night of Nov. 13, 2012, according to police, Bessigano rode his bicycle to Buckley Homestead County Park, entered a building housing Guinea fowl, sexually assaulted one of them, killed it, then tried to hide the dead bird in a nearby trash barrel.

Lake County Sheriff’s Police officers searched his residence and recovered feathers from the dead bird. They confiscated blue jeans he was wearing that were covered in blood.

Police also found a substantial amount of bestiality pornography, a large rubber wolf head mask, and an altar surrounded by candles, according to police reports.

Bessigano has faced similar charges in the past, including a 2001 incident with a chicken in a hotel room in Valparaiso.

Anyone with information regarding any other incidents involving Bessigano may contact Detective Michelle Dvorsack at 755-3346 or the sheriff’s crime hot line at (800) 750-2746.



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