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Missouri Baptist Leader Jerald Hill Arrested in Craigslist Dog Sex Sting

Jerald HillThe leader of a Missouri church has been arrested after he allegedly sought sex with a dog through a Craigslist posting.

The Columbia Tribune reports 56-year-old Jerald “Jerry” Hill, CEO of Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach, was arrested by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force on Tuesday morning on suspicion of attempted unlawful sex with an animal and attempted animal abuse.

Investigators were alerted last week after Hill allegedly posted a Craigslist advertisement seeking sex with two types of animals, including a dog. An undercover officer then replied to the ad, offering a dog for Hill to have sex with.

Hill then traveled 100 miles (162 km) to Columbia to meet the officer, and was arrested without incident.

Windermere Baptist Conference Center officials said they would be choosing a new executive, but stood behind Hill.

“The Board is very supportive of [Hill] and grateful for his work at Windermere,” chairman Arthur Mallory told ABP News Herald.

“We are concerned for the well-being of Jerry… and we are also concerned with the well-being Windermere,” added Mallory. “Windermere will continue to function in a good way… it is a significant piece of God’s kingdom’s work.”

Hill was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

This wasn’t the first, or even most bizarre, Craigslist bestiality sting operation conducted by police in the United States. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona has dealt with multiple cases in recent years, including the 2011 arrest of a married couple and their friend who sought to arrange a group sex session involving a golden shepherd and a transgender woman who placed an ad seeking sex with a horse earlier this year.

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