LAIRDSVILLE - A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday night on charges of sexually abusing dairy cows on numerous occasions this year at a nearby farm where he used to work as a teenager, state police said.
Kyle Allen Fraley, of 9739 Route 442, Franklin Township, is accused of having sexual relations with the calves at Alfred Gardner's farm between late February and Dec. 1, Trooper Jennifer Jackson said.
The farm is on Route 442, near the Moreland-Franklin township line and less than a mile from Fraley's home, Jackson said.
According to the trooper's arrest affidavit, Fraley was charged after a lengthy investigation that began in late February when Gardner and his son, Richard, discovered that one of their calves "appeared to have been sexually assaulted. The calf's female parts were irritated, red and swollen."
A veterinarian who examined the animal confirmed the Gardners' suspicions the calf had been sexually abused; and in early September, another calf at the farm "appeared to have been sexually assaulted, having the same type of injuries" as the first, Jackson said.
A third calf, less than 3 weeks old, appeared "to be physically beaten, resulting in a swollen jaw" and blindness, according to the trooper. The calf died two days later, the Gardners told investigators.
A few weeks ago, police set up a camera on the property and just before 2 a.m. on Dec 1, the camera took photos of a man attempting to enter Gardner's barn, Jackson said. Further investigation led police to Fraley as the man allegedly trying to break into the barn.
When Fraley came to the state police barracks on Monday to be questioned, he "admitted to entering Gardner's barn 12 to 15 times and having sexual intercourse with a calf each time," Jackson said. He also identified himself as the man in the pictures.
"Fraley indicated that he used to work for Gardner about 10 years ago, and that was how he knew of the barn. He denied ever beating or hitting any of the calves or cows," Jackson said.
Following his arraignment before District Allen P. Page III on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, sexual intercourse with animals, cruelty to animals, agricultural vandalism and criminal mischief, Fraley was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.