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Mental Exam Ordered for Accused Horse Molester

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By Jonathan Carlson

**August 4 Update**

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - A judge has ordered a South Carolina man accused of having sex with a horse to undergo a mental evaluation.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that Circuit Judge Larry Hyman wants to review the exam before deciding whether to revoke 50-year-old Rodell Vereen's probation.

Authorities say Vereen was already on probation for having sex with the same horse in the same stable in Longs less than two years ago.

Hyman revoked Vereen's bond until the mental exam is completed. Vereen is charged with buggery and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Vereen's lawyer says he has suffered from mental problems for more than 30 years, has been in the state mental hospital three times and recently stopped taking medication for his mental illness.

Horry County, S.C. - Police say it's a crime of animal cruelty at its worst.

A South Carolina man--charged with having sex with a horse. And its not the first time police say he abused the animal.

It could be the state's most shocking case of animal abuse in recent memory.

The Horry County man was caught on camera having sex with the animal.

Police say--Rodell Vereen.--a 50 year old man--was arrested for the second time in two years at a local stable.

In 2007 he was put on a three year probation for committing the same act.

The horse's owner told police she put up surveillance cameras in her barn after she felt the man was still having sex with her horse named---Sugar.

The owner, Barbara Kenley said she noticed several weeks ago Sugar was acting strange and she noticed an infection.

She accuses Vereen of sneaking into the barn and tying a rope around the horse.

She caught him on the property a few days ago--and held a shotgun to him until police arrived.

"I want him incarcerated, I want him to stay away from me, I want him to stay away from my horses," said Kenley.

Police reports show Vereen admitted to: "Having relations with one of her horses earlier this week."

Vereen is being held on a 30-thousand dollar bond and faces multiple charges.

After the first arrest, Vereen had to register on South Carolina's sex offender list.

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