YCSO: Somerton man arrested on bestiality, molestation charges

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SOMERTON, Ariz. -- The Yuma County Sheriff's Office says a 22-year-old Somerton man was arrested on charges including sexual conduct with a minor and bestiality.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection contacted the sheriff's office on July 2 regarding possible criminal activity that was disclosed during a pre-employment screening.

YCSO investigators interviewed Cody Slaughter and he reportedly confirmed that his previous statements to Customs and Border Protection were true and accurate. During the interviews, he admitted to molesting a 2-year-old girl eight years ago, having sexual interaction with several species of animals and a history of drug use.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Slaughter's home in the 3600 block of West Sun Street in Somerton and recovered several items of evidence linking the suspect to his prior statements and admissions, according to the sheriff's office. No further details about the evidence were released.

Slaughter was booked into the Yuma County Jail for one count of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of bestiality spanning from 2004 until present.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call the Yuma County Sheriff's Office at 928-783-4427.