A former New Jersey police officer accused of having a moonlight tryst with a group of cows will not be facing animal cruelty charges after all, after a grand jury couldn't determine whether the cattle consented to the apparent one night stand.
According to prosecutors, ex- Moorestown police officer Robert Melia Jr. dropped his trousers and let the animals taste his genitals, all while video taping the obscene act on a Southhampton farm in 2006. It remained unclear whether the calves were "tormented" or "puzzled."
Superior Court Judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to jurors that proved that Melia's alleged actions in fact tormented the cows.
"I'm not saying it's okay," Judge Morley said in court after dismissing the charges. "This is a legal question for me. It's not a question of morals."
Melia was under police investigation after he and an ex-girlfriend were charged with molesting three young girls in 2008. Detectives discovered the videos at his home during a search.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times