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Washington County Deputy Arrested On Animal Abuse Charges

Last updated on Thursday, April 25, 2013

(PEKIN) - A Washington County Deputy turned himself in at the Washington County Jail Wednesday just after 3 pm when he learned there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Larry Motsinger, 66, is charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty, a Class A misdemanor and two counts of improper disposal of a dead animal, a Class D felony

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry D. Goodin , the investigation against Motsinger began in March when Indiana State Veterinarian Jodi Lovejoy assisted Trooper Keving Bolwing in assessing more than 30 head of cattle on Motsinger's mother's farm on Farabee Road and on his property Eastern School Road after claims of animal neglect.

Several dead cow carcasses were found on the property.

Since that time the investigation was reviewed by Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk, who filed charges on Motsinger Wednesday.

"Regardless of Mr. Motsinger being a sheriff's deputy, he will be treated no differently that is what people expect and justice requires," Schalk says. If convicted Motsinger could face three years on each of the felony charges.


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