A man from New Chicago who has served time in prison for repeated incidents involving bestiality was arrested again on Friday on three felony charges.
Michael Bessigano, 42, was arrested by Lake County Sheriff’s Police officers on felony charges of bestiality, killing a domestic animal, and torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.
According to police, Bessigano rode his bicycle to Buckley Homestead County Park, entered a building housing Guinea fowl, sexually assaulted one of them, killed it, then tried to hide the dead bird in a nearby trash barrel. Lake County Sheriff’s Police officers searched his residence and recovered feathers from the dead bird.
They confiscated blue jeans he was wearing that were covered in blood. Police also found a substantial amount of bestiality pornography, a large rubber wolf head mask, and an altar surrounded by candles. Bessigano has faced similar charges in the past, including a 2001 incident with a chicken in a hotel room in Valparaiso.