HAMMOND, Indiana — A bestiality-obsessed sicko has asked a judge to allow him to be chemically castrated and set free instead of having to spend more time in prison for having sex with animals.
Michael Bessigano’s deviancy dates back to the early 1990s and he has been in and out of jail on animal sex-related charges repeatedly over the years. In 2007, the state of Indiana strengthened its anti-bestiality laws in response to the 46-year-old Bessigano’s crimes
He has been in the federal clink since January for violating probation by downloading animal sex porn onto his computer.
But his lawyer, Jennifer Soble has asked that the judge take into account time her client has already spent behind bars in an Indiana state prison for the same crime, and to set him free with the condition that he undergo chemical castration therapy.
“Mr. Bessigano’s history is unique; his entire history within both the federal and state systems is entirely animated by his unusual sexual preferences,” Soble wrote in the petition to the judge. “Those preferences are almost certainly the result of Mr. Bessigano’s remarkably traumatic childhood; unable to receive or seek affection from his parents, he sought that affection from animals.”
She argued that the prison system was ill-equipped to providing Bessigano with the right treatment for his fetish and that the carefully supervised hormone treatments would likely be more effective.
“Mr. Bessigano poses no risk of harm whatsoever to the human members of his community,” she continued.
But in several instances, animals he was caught having sex with over the years died as a result.
His lawyer argued that the animals’ deaths were inadvertent and that her client’s compulsion was driven by a sexual urge rather than a sociopathic desire to kill.
“To the extent that Mr. Bessigano has accidentally injured or killed animals during the course of his sexual exploits, that harm is no greater than that imposed by meat-eaters and leather wearers nationwide,” she wrote.
In 2009, Bessigano pleaded guilty to downloading animal sex porn and was jailed until the following year. Earlier this year, he was again caught downloading such porn, violating the conditions of his release.