UPDATE: Man charged on two counts of sodomy waits on judge's decision

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A man accused of sexually abusing a dog, is waiting for the judge's decision on what will happen next.

A preliminary hearing took place on Thursday for the MSU Physicist charged with sexually assaulting a dog.

51-year-old Joseph Hattey faces two sodomy charges in front of Judge Boyd in Ingham County. The judge said he has to review the case and will reconvene in two weeks to give his decision.

Judge Boyd heard from an Animal Control Officer and a man who says Hattey allegedly assaulted his dog in his basement.

Hattey has been suspended from his job as a physicist at Michigan State University, although the alleged assault did not happen on campus.

The dog, a Basset Hound named Flash, has since been adopted to a new home.

Previously, on June 14, Joseph Hattey had a court appearance for his pre-exam.

Hattey's accusation of sexually assaulting a dog started with a Craigslist ad.

Documents show that someone called Ingham County Animal Control in January to report a questionable Craigslist ad.

That eventually led investigators to evidence on Joseph Hattey's phone showing that he allegedly sexually assaulted the basset hound.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Monday, June 4, charged Joseph Hattey, of Holt, with two counts of committing a crime against nature, as known as bestiality.

The charge is a 15-year felony for allegedly penetrating a dog with both his hand and penis, according to a release by Schuette's office.

Hattey, a health physicist employed by Michigan State University, is not alleged to have conducted the acts on school grounds or with any animal owned by the university.

Hattey was arrested on the charges that afternoon. He was arraigned in Mason on a felony charge of sodomy. He was given a $5,000.00 personal recognizance bond.

Michigan State University released the following statement:

"Michigan State University was informed by the MSU Police Department on April 17 of a criminal investigation against Joseph Hattey, a health physicist with the Environmental Health and Safety Unit (note this position does not work with students, patients or animals). Hattey was immediately put on administrative suspension, pending the investigation. The university has been and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials on this matter. MSUPD is providing digital forensic support in the investigation."

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office says the investigation started when animal control got a tip from the public.



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