A couple engaged in “sexual activity” on camera with a dog , according to court documents.
Richard Allen Patterson, 46, of the 2400 block of Freeman Mill Road was suspected of illegally having guns in his house, which led a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent to watch video on a computer seized from Patterson’s house, the documents said.
The ATF agent saw Patterson and his wife with the Doberman pinscher in their master bedroom, a Suffolk detective wrote in a search warrant affidavit. The agent alerted Suffolk police.
Richard and Christina Patterson own the property where the agent seized the computer, according to public records. Neither has been charged .
Suffolk Detective Sgt. Gary Myrick filed the search warrant to see the video during his investigation into “crimes against nature.” State law forbids someone from carnally knowing “in any manner any brute animal,” or submitting to such acts.
Doing either is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Suffolk police are looking into what happened but won’t talk about their investigation, city spokeswoman Diana Klink said in an email.
Patterson, a felon, has been indicted with having 17 firearms – including handguns, shotguns and military-style rifles – that he had shipped over state lines, according to federal court documents. He also had 52 shotgun shells, 44 rounds of .40-caliber bullets and 10 rounds of .357 ammunition, federal prosecutor William Jackson said in the indictment.
In June, Patterson was convicted of three felonies: forging public records, perjury in Department of Motor Vehicle matters and larceny. He was sentenced to six years in prison, but a judge suspended all of it.