YCSO: Suspect admitted molestation, bestiality in job interview
The Somerton man arrested last week for alleged sex crimes involving a minor and several species of animals reportedly admitted to the crimes during a pre-employment screening with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
According to Maj. Leon Wilmot of the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, CBP contacted YCSO about possible criminal activity comments that 22-year-old Cody Slaughter had made during the interview. CBP turned the statements over to YCSO, which then began a criminal investigation.
Wilmot said YCSO interviewed Slaughter regarding the admissions and he confirmed that his previous statements were true and accurate. During the interviews, Slaughter admitted to molesting a 2-year-old girl eight years ago when he was 14 and having sexual interaction with several species of animals, as well as a history of drug use.
Due to the nature of Slaughter's statements, Wilmot said, a search warrant was served at his residence in the 3600 block of West Sun Street in Somerton on July 5. Wilmot said investigators recovered several items of evidence that directly link the suspect to his prior statements and admissions.
As a result, Slaughter was booked into the Yuma County jail on one count of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of bestiality for alleged sexual relations with several species of animals, including a dog, a horse and a pig, at some point between 2004 and 2012.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in Somerton Justice Court Tuesday morning. At that time, he will be told whether a criminal complaint has been filed charging him with any of the offenses he is being held on.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the YCSO at 783-4427.
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