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Utah County man charged with having sex with dog

Published July 19, 2014 12:43 pm

Courts • The dog run is in full view of the other neighbors, charges say.
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An American Fork man has been charged with having sex with his neighbor's dog several times.

Melvin Parley Pace, 65, was charged Friday in 4th District Court with five counts of lewdness with prior convictions, a third-degree felony, as well as five counts of bestiality and seven counts of criminal trespass, which are class-B misdemeanors.

This was Pace's second arrest related to allegations of sexual activity with his neighbors' kangal, said American Fork police Lt. Sam Liddiard. The family aimed a camera on the dog's run after its gate was left open in 2013. The footage showed Pace go into the dog run and have sex with the dog, Liddiard said.

Pace was also charged in December with two misdemeanor counts each of bestiality, lewdness and criminal trespass but most of the charges were dropped in a plea deal. He received a suspended jail sentence and was placed on probation for one year for the two lewdness counts.

In the spring, the dog's run was left open again, so the family reactivated the camera, according to the charges. The footage showed Pace again having sex with the dog, the charges add.

Pace was booked into jail last week. The dog run is in full view of the homeowners, neighbors, a neighboring business, a frontage road and a FrontRunner track.

The dogs' owners do not live at the property, but they visit it frequently, according to the charges.

The kangal is a large Turkish dog breed. Males typically grow to 110 to 145 pounds, according to the United Kennel Club.

Pace is due in court on July 29.

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