Bestiality charge dismissed against Easthampton man
March 18, 2017
SPRINGFIELD -- A judge has dismissed a bestiality charge against an Easthampton man who allegedly filmed himself engaging in a sex act with his dog.
At the prosecution's request, Judge Patricia Poehler dismissed the charge against defendant Joshua Swift following his arraignment March 1 in Springfield District Court.
In a court filing, the Hampden district attorney's office stated that it "does not chose to go forward at this time" with the charge. No further explanation was offered, and District Attorney Anthony Galluni had no comment on the decision Friday.
The dismissal was requested by defense lawyer Nicholas J. Raring, who claimed the state's bestiality law was too ill-defined to support a prosecution.
"It is an impermissibly vague statute," Raring said.
In October, the self-employed roofer allegedly made a video of his dog engaging in sex act with him and sent it to a woman he met on a Boston Bruins' fan website, according to a complaint filed by Easthampton police.
Questioned by investigators, he admitted making the video, but said the woman encouraged him to do it. When Swift broke off their relationship, the woman sent the video to Blandford police, the complaint said.
Claiming he was "wasted, lonely and in a bad state of mind" when the video was filmed, Swift assured investigators it was "not something he would normally do," the complaint said. An investigator for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals visited SwiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.