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United Poultry Concerns May 31, 2001
Please Urge Prosecution of
Sexual Abuser and Killer of Hen

Issue: On May 31, 2001, The Vidette Times in Valparaiso, Indiana reported, "Man accused of having sex with chicken." This article by Ken Kosky (Kkosky@howpubs.com) states that "Michael Bessigano, a 30-year-old Valparaiso man with a history of harming and having sex with animals . . . stole a chicken Sunday from a chicken farm. . . . He took the chicken to his motel room on U.S. 30, which he'd just rented that one night, and plucked [her] feathers so he could have sex with [her]. Bessigano then had sex with the animal and [she] died. . . . Motel officials discovered the blood and feathers [all over the room] when they went to clean the room."

Mr. Bessigano was booked into Porter County Jail on a felony animal cruelty charge and as a habitual offender based on numerous other criminal assaults on animals including strangling a rooster, attempting to molest geese, and sexually abusing and killing a Rottweiler dog.

What Can I Do?

Please write a short polite letter to the prosecuting attorney urging that Mr. Bessigano be prosecuted for felony cruelty to animals and as a habitual offender. He faces up to 7 1/2 years in prison if convicted of both charges, according to The Vidette Times.

Contact:
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brian Gensel
Porter County Courthouse
16 Lincolnway, Suite 546
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Ph: 219-465-3400
Fax: 219-465-3346

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PO Box 2350
Valparaiso, IN 46384-2350
Ph: 219-462-5151
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The Times Online
Thursday
May 31, 2001

Man Accused of Having Sex with Chicken

Suspect being charged as habitual offender because of prior crimes against animals

BY KEN KOSKY Times Staff Writer

VALPARAISO -- After chicken feathers and blood were found all over a room at Valparaiso Motel on Monday, Valparaiso police were called to investigate. The room was found to have been rented Sunday night to Michael Bessigano, a 30-year-old Valparaiso man with a history of harming and having sex with animals. Police questioned Bessigano on Tuesday, and police said he admitted he had sex with a chicken.

Bessigano was booked into Porter County Jail on a felony animal cruelty charge. Because this is the third crime against animals he's been charged with, he also is being charged as a habitual offender, said Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brian Gensel.

He faces up to 7 1/2 years in prison if convicted of both charges. "He's got problems and hopefully he will be getting some help," said Valparaiso Detective Lt. Mike Brickner. "He has these urges that need to be addressed."

Brickner said Bessigano stole a chicken Sunday from a chicken farm along Ind. 2, south of Valparaiso. He took the chicken to his motel room on U.S. 30, which he'd just rented that one night, and plucked its feathers so he could have sex with it, Brickner said.

Bessigano then had sex with the animal and it died, Brickner said. Although Bessigano has been out of jail since January, police said this is his first run-in with the law this year.

"There's no indication he's done this (animal abuse) recently prior to that night," Brickner said.

The owner of the motel told police he had no idea Bessigano was a convicted animal abuser. Motel officials discovered the blood and feathers when they went to clean the room.

Bessigano's animal abuse dates back to 1991 when he was arrested twice, once after being accused of breaking a rooster's neck and once after he was found in a neighbor's goose pen apparently attempting to molest the geese. He was also accused of having sex with and killing a Rottweiler dog at a rural Crown Point ranch in 1992. He was convicted of theft and cruelty to an animal, and was imprisoned until 1994.

A month after his release, he was arrested in connection with the attempted theft of a German shepherd from some property in St. John Township. He was returned to prison, then was transferred to prison psychiatric care. He spent time behind bars after he was charged with biting a health care provider at Logansport's psychiatric unit in 1999.

He was released on probation in January and had been living with a family member in Valparaiso.

Bessigano has said he slept with dead animals, including a raccoon, when he was a child. While in jail, he would sleep under his cot, paint cat-like stripes on his body and make drawings referring to himself as "master of cats."

Ken Kosky can be reached at kkosky@howpubs.com or (219) 462-5151, Ext. 354. Want to share your opinion on this story with the community? Submit a letter http://www.thetimesonline.com/asp/letters.asp to the editor.

Thank you. United Poultry Concerns. May 31, 2001

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