Accused dog abuser pleads not guilty

By Stephen Betts | Sep 16, 2019
Photo by: Knox County Jail Nicholase Hill

Hope — A 28-year-old Hope man pleaded not guilty Monday, Sept. 16, to a charge that he had sex with a dog and videotaped the act.

Nicholase W. Hill entered his plea during a brief hearing in Knox County Court before Judge Susan Sparaco. The judge set Hill's next court appearance for Oct. 31.

Hill qualified to receive a court-appointed attorney and Sparaco appointed attorney David Paris to represent Hill.

The District Attorney's Office had offered a 14-day jail term and a fine through a deferred disposition which would have required mental health counseling.

Hill was arrested the evening of Aug. 28 and charged with Class D cruelty to animals. He was released on bail the following day after posting $250 cash.

According to an affidavit filed in Knox County Court in Rockland, Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Justin Twitchell received a complaint Aug. 20 from a citizen who reported that he believed Hill had been having sex with his dog.

After interviewing another witness, the Sheriff's Office was provided a video sent by Hill through Facebook messenger to the witness in which the sexual act is shown, according to the affidavit.

The maximum penalty for the charge is 364 days in jail.

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