MIAMI, Fla. (News from CW44 at 10 a.m.) – A licensed veterinarian based in Aventura, Florida who videotaped himself sexually abusing dogs, shared the bestiality videos online, and collected child pornography online, was sentenced today in federal court in Miami to more than 21 years in prison.
Prentiss K. Madden, is guilty of producing videos of himself engaging in sexual activity with dogs and sharing them with others in chat rooms. Madden kept these bestiality videos, as well as bestiality talks, on his cell phones. Madden is also guilty of accessing a Dropbox account containing child pornography images, receiving child pornography photos and videos through social media chats, talking about child sexual abuse during chats, and storing thousands of images of child pornography on your Dropbox account and cell phones.
On July 29, Madden pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252 (a) (2); one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252 (a) (4) (B); and one count of creating an animal squashing video, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 48 (a) (2) (B), a federal statute that punishes acts of animal torture, including the bestiality.
Juan Antonio González, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office; and Alfredo Ramirez, III, Director of the Miami Dade Police Department, announced the sentence.
HSI Miami and the Miami Dade Police Department investigated the case, with the help of the Hialeah Police Department, US Customs and Border Protection, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Hudock prosecuted the case.
This case was presented as part of the Safe Childhood Project, a national initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), the Safe Childhood Project brings together federal, state, and local resources to better locate, detain, and prosecute those who exploit. to children through the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information on the Safe Childhood Project, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
If you have information about this case, or believe that you or a family member may have been a victim, please contact the HSI Information Line at 1-866-347-2423.