Michael Bessigano, whose victims included a guinea fowl, chickens and a Rottweiler, has begged a court to release him if he has monthly jabs of a testosterone-reducing drug.
Releasing the 46-year-old earlier rather than later – along with the chemical castration – would be better rehabilitation than more time in prison, his lawyer Jennifer Soble claims.
“Mr. Bessigano’s history is unique,” she says in court documents.
“His entire history within both the federal and state systems is entirely animated by his unusual sexual preferences.
“Those preferences are almost certainly the result of Mr. Bessigano’s remarkably traumatic childhood.
“Unable to receive or seek affection from his parents, he sought that affection from animals.”
She continued: “To the extent that Mr. Bessigano has accidentally injured or killed animals during the course of his sexual exploits, that harm is no greater than that imposed by meat-eaters and leather-wearers nationwide.”
Vile Bessigano was first convicted in 1993 of having sex with and killing a Rottweiler after breaking in to a barn in St. John Township, Indiana. He served two years behind bars.
In 2002, he received four years after killing a chicken he plucked and had sex with it in his hotel room.
The case led the state to pass a law making sex with animals a crime.
Bessigano, also painted stripes on himself in prison and referred to himself as the “master of cats.”
Later in 2009, he pleaded guilty to downloading bestiality porn.
Bessigano was jailed for seven and a half years as a habitual offender after pleading guilty in 2014 to theft of a bird which he later had sex with.
His “castrate-me” plea comes after he was detained in January for violating his parole by receiving obscene material.
His lawyer Ms. Soble said the “concrete solution” to resolving his deviant behaviours was through the hormone treatment, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Prisons were not equipped to help people such as Bessigano with necessary treatment.
“Mr. Bessigano poses no risk of harm whatsoever to the human members of his community,” she says in court documents.
His conduct was “motivated by sexual desire, not by sadism or any desire to hurt animals.”