The Prineville man who had sex with his roommate’s dog was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation.

Ricky Earl David Cook pleaded no contest this week in Crook County Circuit Court to misdemeanor animal sexual abuse and encouraging animal sexual abuse.

In exchange for accepting responsibility, the district attorney agreed to drop a charge of felony animal sexual abuse. But Cook must register as a sex offender for life.

“The DA’s office handled the case very professionally,” said Cook’s attorney, Jennifer Kimble.

Cook has been in custody since his arrest March 1 following a woman’s report she’d walked past her roommate’s open bedroom door and saw him having sex with her 6- to 7-year-old male malamute named Duke.

Cook’s explanations to responding Prineville police didn’t “make sense,” according to his arrest report. He reportedly told officers the roommate had walked by at a moment Duke was attempting to mount him and he was pushing the dog away. He professed ignorance of Oregon’s animal sex laws.

Cook was taken to jail on suspicion of animal sex abuse charges. A charge of encouraging animal sexual abuse was added based on images investigators say they found on his phone.

Cook is a military veteran who had no prior criminal record. His roommate told police that before the incident, she and her family had no issues with him over five years as a roommate.

Defendants in Oregon have a right to a trial in 60 days. Cook did not waive that right and met for an early resolution conference.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325, gandrews@bendbulletin.com

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