Clearwater, FL — Officials with a Florida Humane Society are presumably reviewing policies on workplace fraternization after an ex-employee – and boyfriend of current HS medical director – was charged with having sex with a dog.
Eric Antunes, 29, was arrested after police reportedly found child pornography and evidence of his own act of bestiality in his possession.
Clearwater police began investigating Antunes after getting a tip that he possessed child pornography. A search of the computer yielded nine explicit photos and one explicit video depicting children, detectives said. According to police, he has admitted to downloading and viewing the child pornography on his home computer. A check of Antunes’ cell phone then revealed “several images of bestiality” involving Antunes and his girlfriend’s dog, police said. Ruh-roh.
The situation is a bit unique because, as it turns out, Antunes was a past employee of the Pinellas Humane Society and the girlfriend is the current medical director. Clearwater Public Communications Director Joelle Castelli said police do not have evidence that the girlfriend was aware of the fact Antunes was taking photos of himself engaged in sex acts with her pit-bull mix.
“We cannot prove that she had any knowledge of this going on,” Castelli said. “My understanding is that she did not know it was happening, and we showed her pictures.”
Antunes was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of possessing child pornography and is being held at the Pinellas County Jail. An additional misdemeanor animal cruelty charge was referred to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.
Castelli said a follow-up police inspection at the home showed the girlfriend’s dog was well-fed and in good health. Police said they will refer the case to Pinellas County Animal Services for follow-up on the animal’s welfare.