Judge dismisses animal cruelty charges against police officer for sex with cows

Judge dismisses animal cruelty charges against police officer Robert Melia for sex with cows

BY Neil Nagraj
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Friday, September 25th 2009, 12:37 PM

Above, a mugshot of Robert Melia.  He, with girlfriend Heather Lewis (below) still faces charges relating to alleged sex assaults on three young girls.

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Above, a mugshot of Robert Melia. He, with girlfriend Heather Lewis (below) still faces charges relating to alleged sex assaults on three young girls.

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    Perhaps the Garden State should switch its nickname to the Barnyard State.
    A New Jersey judge has dismissed animal cruelty charges against a cop accused of committing a sex act with young cows, saying a grand jury had no way of knowing whether the animals were “tormented.”
    Moorestown police officer Robert Melia, who is currently suspended, allegedly engaged in oral sex acts with five calves in Southampton in 2006.
    Since New Jersey currently has no law explicitly banning such an act, prosecutors in Burlington county brought animal cruelty charges against Melia, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
    Judge Morely said it was questionable that Melia’s acts, though “disgusting,” constituted animal cruelty.
    “I’m not saying it’s OK,” Morely said.  “This is a legal question for me. It’s not a questions of morals. It’s not a question of hygiene. It’s not a question of how people should conduct themselves.”
    The dismissal reportedly irked the prosecution.
    “I think any reasonable juror could infer that a man’s penis in the mouth of a calf is torment,” a Burlington County assistant prosecutor, Kevin Morgan, said. “It’s a crime against nature.”
    The judge’s dismissal does not mark the end of Melia’s legal woes.
    He, along with girlfriend Heather Lewis, was arrested in April 2008 for sexually assaulting three girls over a five-year-period.
    Authorities investigating those charges reportedly uncovered videos on his computer of a girl being “subjected to sexual activity” in addition to taped encounters between Melia and the calves.
     

    How does a guy like this get to be a cop.

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    Tales of a Third Grade Somebody

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    On a side note I just sat through that entire clip of Cosell and Ali- I miss those days. Sometimes that is. I don’t really miss that wacky 70’s fashion, but at least I can say that I wasn’t responsible for buying it.

    Anyway, in the words of this reporter the election was quite the spectacle. Damn again, people just don’t do Howard Cosell impressions anymore. And you don’t hear about Nipsey Russell  or Match Game either.

    My relatively shy and unassuming third grader talked his way right into office. It was very cool to see how excited he was about it all and kind of funny to hear him tell me how many of his friends have already asked for political favors.

    “Dad, they want me to make recess longer and to get new snacks.”

    The look on his face when I told him that none of those things were possible was priceless. He liked all of those ideas and had every intention of trying to make them come to fruition. And thus began his introduction to politics.

    Wonder where this will all lead, if anywhere, at all.