Police on Tuesday arrested a Boston teen for allegedly breaking into a Norfolk farm and sexually assaulting a horse – and it was all caught on camera.
Jackson Jade Kelly, 19, a resident of Allston, turned himself in to officers on Tuesday morning. Police have charged him with sexual contact with an animal, breaking and entering and cruelty to animals.
He withdrew himself with his lawyer present. In a statement, police say they “received several calls providing information, which ultimately led to the identification of Kelly as the suspect.”
Kelly reportedly broke into the Turner Hill Equestrian Center in Norfolk before dawn on July 15. Surveillance camera footage showed that he exhibited a familiarity with the horses, breaching and crossing the mare.
A surveillance system alerted the stable’s owner, Hilary Swarm, who told the Herald that the act was caught on camera despite the attacker’s attempt to unplug the second camera.
A rape kit showed the horse was healthy and injured, but the encounter shook the tone.
“I see this person as a sexual predator. It is a threat to a very small community where many people feel extremely violated and rightly so,” Swarm told the Herald.
Norfolk detective Samuel Webb led the investigation which resulted in a speedy arrest. According to a Norfolk District Attorney’s spokesman, Kelly was produced in Wrentham District Court and was scheduled to have a dangerous hearing on Friday.
Alexey Kohn contributed to this report.