Judge Michelle Fentress released Jackson Kelley, 19, of Allston, on the conditions that he undergo a mental health evaluation, wear a GPS device and stay away from stables and all animals, pending a Sept. 13 hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Tracey Cusick had argued that Kelley would pose a danger if he were released. “Animals are part of the community,” she said. “Harming animals affects society at large.” When Cusick asked Norfolk Police Detective Samuel Webb whether the horse, a Trakehner Thoroughbred named Bellissima, showed signs of pain, Webb said, “The horse moved away several times and elevated her leg in a kicking motion.”
Kelly’s attorney, Anthony Musto, suggested that the teen is not the person that Webb testified was caught on camera masturbating and sexually assaulting a horse about 10 times in a 38-minute video from a surveillance camera at Turner Hill Equestrian Center.
Kelley turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning with his attorney present. Police have charged him with sexual contact with an animal, breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony and cruelty to animals. He appeared in court on Friday, wearing a white shirt and dark-colored pants, as well as a mask.
Kelley, a cook, allegedly broke into the equestrian center before dawn on July 15. Surveillance camera footage showed the culprit demonstrated a familiarity with horses, haltering and cross-tying the mare he violated. Police are awaiting DNA test results taken from swabs of the horse.