(YUMA, Ariz.) — Cody Slaughter may have been a little too forthcoming while interviewing for a job with the border patrol.
The 22-year-old from Somerton, Ariz., was arrested last week after U.S. Customs and Border Protection notified the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) that during a July 2 “pre-employment screening” Slaughter admitted that he had molested a 2-year-old girl eight years ago, had sexual interactions with a dog, horse and pig, and had a history of drug use. Slaughter later confirmed his statements to sheriff investigators, YCSO Maj. Leon Wilmot said in a police report.
Slaughter was arrested on charges of one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor when he was 14 and three counts of bestiality between 2004 and 2012, but he was released on July 10 because the Yuma County Attorney’s Office had not yet filed criminal charges against him.
Prosecutors have sent the case back to the YCSO for further investigation, and Chief Criminal Deputy County Attorney Roger Nelson said charges will likely be filed eventually, the Yuma Sun reported.
Justice of the Peace Jorge Lozano told Slaughter that charges could still be filed later, in which case he would be summoned back to court, the Sun reported.
According to the police report, the YCSO obtained a search warrant based on Slaughter’s statements and searched his house. Investigators recovered “several items that directly link the suspect to his prior statements and admissions,” Wilmot said in the report.
The state has one year to file a misdemeanor charge and up to seven years to file other charges, Lozano said, according to the Sun.
Slaughter did not respond to multiple calls placed on Monday and Tuesday.
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