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January 25, 2012

Greenville man arrested for struggling with officers, lewdness with horse

GREENVILLE — A local man is in custody, facing multiple counts for allegedly fighting with law enforcement officers and engaging in public lewdness.

Larry Dee Carruth, 56, of Greenville, was taken into custody near Caddo Mills Saturday night after reportedly being observed having sex with a miniature horse.

“Fortunately, we don’t encounter this sort of thing very often,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

According to a report, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was conducting surveillance for illegal hunters Saturday night.

A suspicious vehicle pulled up on County Road 2140 and a game warden and a landowner allegedly observed Carruth having sexual relations with a Shetland pony.

The game warden attempted to place Carruth under arrest and a fight ensued.

Carruth was arrested and charged with public lewdness, attempting to take a weapon from an officer, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Carruth remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of a total of $39,000 bond.

“I have been in law enforcement for 36 years and I am still surprised at some of the things we encounter in this profession,” Meeks said. “From all accounts, the horse is in stable condition.”

Carruth has filed a writ of habeas corpus from the jail, seeking a reduction in bond, the appointment of an attorney, or both.

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