Michael Jones, 35, of Illion, NY and Reid Fontaine, 31, of Connecticut, were charged Friday.
Troopers said the owner of a farm in Herkimer, NY, set up video surveillance in his barn in an attempt to determine why his cows appeared anxious and were not producing as usual.
The owner then contacted state police after the video revealed that the cows were being sexually abused, troopers said.
An investigation revealed that Jones agreed to record Fontaine as he attempted to have sexual contact with several of the animals.
Both men were arrested and charged with one count each of sexual misconduct, which is a misdemeanor. They were released on an appearance ticket.
Fontaine has worked as an IT network specialist for the Farmington Public Schools for the six months, according to a statement from Superintendent of Schools Kathleen C. Greider.
“The former employee did not provide instruction to students nor did he have responsibilities involving direct student contact. As IT Network Specialist, his job involved the maintenance of the district’s technology infrastructure and hardware,” Greider said.
Read more: WSFB, Hartford, CT.
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