Transient found guilty of sexually assaulting horse near Hillsboro
A homeless man accused of having sex with a horse on a farm outside of Hillsboro last April has been found guilty
Kenneth Lijah Duyck was found guilty Jan. 18 of sexual assault of an animal and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Duyck was sentenced to 20 months in prison by Washington County Judge Oscar Garcia on Friday, Jan. 18.
Washington County sheriff's deputies were called to a home in the 200 block of Northwest 334th Avenue outside of Hillsboro on April 19 after a homeowner reported that someone had broken into her horse stables. According to Det. Mark Povolny, the woman told police she had gone out to the stables and discovered one of her horses, a black mare named Ellie, was found tied up in a way that the woman hadn't left it. Other items in the stable appeared to have been moved, she said. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.
Duyck was known to frequent the Cornelius and Forest Grove area, according to authorities, and he was determined to be a person of interest in the case after speaking with the owner and nearby neighbors, according to Stephen Mayer, a spokesman with the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
The owner's daughter, who is a veterinarian, suspected the horse had been sexually assaulted based on evidence found in the stable, Mayer said. She conducted an examination of the horse and took samples of fluid found inside the animal.
"Detective Berning eventually tracked down Duyck to an area Walmart where he was sleeping in a stolen vehicle," Mayer said. "He admitted to entering the stable without the owner's permission. He denied any wrongdoing at the time but did admit to touching the horse's tail."
Duyck agreed to submit a DNA sample at that time and investigators eventually confirmed the fluid found inside the horse matched the DNA sample provided by Duyck, Mayer said.
Judge Garcia has also ordered Duyck to undergo post-prison supervision for two years as well as register a sex offender and complete sex offender and mental health treatment plans.