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Illinois Man David Beckman Accused of Deadly Sex Abuse of Peacock

David Beckman peacockA suburban Chicago man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty and other crimes after he allegedly raped his pet peacock to death.

The Daily Herald reports that 64-year-old David Beckman of Roselle, Illinois was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after police learned of the alleged sexual abuse. NBC Chicago reports that Roselle police were investigating Beckman on suspicion of indecent solicitation of a minor when they found out about the peacock. The bird, named Phyl, was found dead in Beckman’s garage.

On Wednesday, Beckman was booked into the DuPage County Jail and charged with battery and attempted indecent solicitation of a child. He also faces charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. Bond has been set at $10,000. An arraignment is scheduled for June 12.

Beckman’s arrest comes less than a month after 21-year-old Seadon Collins Etienne Henrich, a North Carolina animal shelter volunteer, was arrested and charged with sexually molesting dogs in his care.

While bestiality against dogs is somewhat common, man-on-bird crimes against nature are far rarer, but they do occur. In March, habitual bestial offender Michael C. Bessigano of New Chicago, Indiana was arrested and charged with having sex with a guinea fowl, which died from trauma endured during the incident. And in January, Goliath Nyirenda of Zambia, southern Africa, was jailed after allegedly raping a chicken, which later died of its injuries.

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