Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Clearwater man arrested after having sex with dog, police say

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man has been arrested after he kept child pornography on his home computer and took photos of himself involved in a sex act with his girlfriend's dog, police said.

Eric Antunes, 29, was charged with 10 counts of possessing of child pornography. Police referred an animal cruelty charge to the Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Clearwater police got a tip about Antunes and found him at his home at 2893 St. John Drive. Police said he "admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography from his home computer" and allowed detectives to search his hard drive.

A search uncovered nine photos and one video of child pornography, according to police.

"Several images of bestiality" were also found on Antunes' cell phone, authorities said. Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said the photos depicted Antunes with a dog.

Watts said the dog remained in the custody of Antunes' girlfriend, its owner, after Antunes' arrest. Watts said animal welfare authorities would be notified of the incident.

Peter Jamison can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4157.

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