NJ man allegedly threatened farmers who denied him sex with animals

Richard Decker allegedly asked to have sexual relationships with farm animals and then harassed and sabotaged farmers and property owners when they said no. Sussex County Sheriff's Office

Richard Decker allegedly asked to have sexual relationships with farm animals and then harassed and sabotaged farmers and property owners when they said no. Sussex County Sheriff's Office

A New Jersey man repeatedly sent farms and stables in his area messages asking to have sex with their animals, then went after owners' their employees' property when he was rebuffed, police say.

Decker was arrested last week and is facing 22 separate criminal charges.

Vernon resident Richard Decker, 31, is said to have sent letters and emails to stables and farms across Sussex County in August 2018 asking if he could use their animals - mainly horses and cows - for sex.

In one incident, he allegedly threatened to beat a property owner's wife with a stick.

Assistant Prosecutor Magdelen Czykier acknowledged more than one automobiles were damaged by residence made metal spikes Decker left on their driveway.

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When the farmers and stable owners said no, police allege Decker began harassing the residents and leaving homemade metal spike devices to deflate vehicle tyres on driveways.

Police searched a condominium he shares with his mom and brother in Vernon, Unique Jersey and came upon the home made metal deflation spikes in his mattress room, along with explosives, and a residence made.22-caliber firearm that was no longer registered.

That was enough to convince a Superior Court judge in Newton to order that Decker remain held in the Morris County Correctional Facility until a scheduled November 4 hearing for a "pattern of unlawful conduct that presents a danger to the community". He is also accused of sending abusive letters and emails.

'He never had contact with anyone directly and the explosives were basically firecrackers, ' Decker's defense lawyer argued, according to the New Jersey Herald.

He is facing multiple charges including second-degree possession of explosives and possession of a destructive device to use unlawfully, fourth-degree procuring an animal in any kind of sexual manner or initiate any sexual conduct with an animal and fourth-degree threatening to commit aggravated assault.

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