Man being held for having sex with a horse, official says

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By Jesef Williams

A local man who was caught having sex with a horse remains behind bars at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

Joey Ervin Catoe, 48, whose last listed address is 1430 Kelly Drive, was charged Jan. 15 with indecent exposure and buggery, which means sodomy or unnatural sex.

On Jan. 2, a resident of Floyd Road in Kershaw walked around his barn beside his house and saw Catoe having sex with his 2-month old horse, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Catoe backed away from the horse and laid down on the ground after he noticed the resident, the report said.

When the resident picked up a rock, Catoe got up and ran, the report said. The resident told deputies that he didn't get a good look at Catoe, but suspected it was him.

Sheriff's deputies came to Catoe's home about two weeks later. He admitted to having sex with the horse, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

Catoe is still being held at the detention center. His bond was denied.

Catoe was also charged with failure to register as a sex offender because he didn't change his address when he moved recently, Holland said. He's been registered as a sex offender since 2002.

Earlier that year, Catoe was charged and found guilty for buggery in a similar horse incident.

The buggery charge, a felony, can carry up to five years in prison. The indecent exposure charge, a misdemeanor, carries a prison sentence of up to three years, Holland said.

Contact Jesef Williams at 283-1152 or jwilliams@thelancasternews.com