Man accused of using Craigslist to try to perform lewd acts with dog

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 7:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Camden County man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of traveling to Columbia to procure a dog to engage in sexual acts with.

In late July, the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force received a tip about a Craigslist advertisement from a man who wanted to perform lewd acts with a dog, Detective Tracy Perkins of the task force said. Perkins wouldn't specify the nature of the act but called it "pretty disgusting."

A task force detective replied to the post by disguising himself as a Columbia man to exchange emails with the person who posted the advertisement, Perkins said. During this exchange, a dog owned by a member of the task force was used as a decoy. The poster made arrangements to travel to a meeting place in Columbia on Tuesday.

Jerald Lee Hill, 56, of Roach, was arrested at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park in connection with the incident, Perkins said. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted unlawful sex with an animal and attempted animal abuse.

Perkins said the Craigslist post has been taken down from the site.

"Anybody has the right to report activity that they thought was inappropriate," Perkins said. "Every site has the right to take inappropriate activity down."

Perkins called the incident "very unique."

"We had never worked a tip in this way," she said.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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