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white man accused of donkey sex challenges Florida ‘zoophilia’ law | TBO.com

A Marion County man accused of having sex with a miniature donkey says a state law banning “zoophilia” is unconstitutional.

Assistant public defenders for farmhand Carlos R. Romero, 32, filed a motion asking a judge to have the statute overturned, according to the Ocala Star-Banner.

According to the motion, filed Dec. 6, the law was based on moral objection, that authorities could not prove the animal was injured and that there was no proof “of the sexual activity being non-consensual.”

“The statute demeans individuals like Defendant (Romero) by making his private sexual conduct a crime,” according to the motion.

Romero was arrested in September and charged with misdemeanor sexual activity after a witness reported seeing him with his pants down and “up against the rear” of a female miniature donkey named Doodle, investigators said.

Romero later told investigators that he gets sexually aroused around animals more so than humans, the newspaper reported. He also said “people frown on zoophilia” in Florida.

According to the newspaper, Romero’s challenge stated that the law against sexual activity with animals infringed on his rights and violated the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. The motion also said the sentence for a conviction, a year in jail, was excessive.

In October, Romero turned down a plea agreement in which he would have received probation, $200 fine and psychological treatment. He would also be barred from contact with children and mammals.

Instead, he decided to take his case to a jury trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday.

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