Louisiana Cop Charged With Filming His Sex Abuse of Animals Was Honored for Helping Domestic Violence Victims

An award-winning Louisiana police officer is facing charges after investigators say they discovered animal sexual abuse material on his electronic devices.

Terry Yetman, 38, of Bossier City, turned himself in Wednesday after learning that warrants had been issued for his arrest, Louisiana State Police said yesterday.

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He was booked at the Bossier Max Correctional Center and charged with 20 counts of sexual abuse of animals by performing sexual acts with an animal, and 20 counts of sexual abuse of animals by filming sexual acts with an animal, the department's statement confirmed.

Bond was set at $350,000. According to state police, the investigation, which launched in August, is ongoing with additional charges possible in relation to the case.

According to WGNO, a news outlet based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Yetman won this year's Trey Hutchison award, which is given to officers who have helped domestic abuse victims.

Based on a tip, detectives with the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit began an investigation, which resulted in a warrant being obtained for Yetman's electronic devices.

During the search, evidence "indicating possession of pornography involving sexual acts with an animal was found," police said. It was not immediately clear what animal was involved.

The police statement continued: "The Louisiana State Police urges anyone who may have information about individuals engaged in this type of illegal activity to report it immediately by calling 318.741.2733 or reporting it online at www.lsp.org under the suspicious activity link."

According to KSLA, a local media outlet serving Shreveport, Louisiana, officials at the Bossier City Police Department said Yetman—an officer there since November 2014—would remain on paid administrative leave until the outcome of an internal investigation was concluded. He was placed on leave last month after his department was notified about the investigation.

Louisiana Trooper Glenn Younger told KSLA the public should never fear reporting tips.

"Feel free to call us," Younger said. "That's what we're here for. Your local police agency, that's what we do. And unfortunately, sometimes it puts us in a situation where we have to see and learn things that people don't want to talk about and don't want to see and learn about. But that's what we're hired and paid to do. So, if you see something, say something."

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