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
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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.
The Times Online
May 31, 2001
Man Accused of Having Sex with Chicken
Suspect being charged as habitual offender because of prior crimes
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 462-5151, Ext. 354.
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