Va. woman accused of bestiality

Jordan Elise Henderson

WOODSTOCK — A Danville woman formerly of Mount Jackson is facing charges of committing a crime against nature, animal cruelty and producing obscene material as a result of an investigation into accusations that she had sexual intercourse with a dog.

Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies arrested the defendant, Jordan Elise Henderson, 23, on Saturday after an investigation that began in 2014 with detectives from Fairfax and Prince William counties reviewing Internet bestiality videos.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said Henderson committed the alleged offenses while she was living on Main Street in Mount Jackson.

“In 2014 and early 2015, we were contacted by Fairfax police in reference to an obscene video being produced and manufactured in the area,” Proctor said.

A search warrant affidavit filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court by Investigator G.R. Poe of the Sheriff’s Office states that detectives from Fairfax County and Prince William County interviewed a woman whom they identified as the wife of a man who was seen in one of the videos they were investigating.

The affidavit states that the woman “identified Jordan Henderson as another person who was in one of the bestiality videos who was having sex with their dog (Brutus – a yellow lab mix).”

The affidavit describes Henderson as “wearing a black mask with diamond stud and a teal and black colored shirt.”

The woman told detectives during the interview, which was conducted on Jan. 28, that her husband and Henderson had been communicating through email, online forums, text messages and cell phone calls, the affidavit states.

The affidavit reports that detectives from Prince William and Fairfax counties visited Henderson’s Mount Jackson residence on Feb. 13. Henderson was not home at the time, but a roommate allowed them to enter, the affidavit states. The detectives matched the interior and décor of the residence with what they saw on the video with the dog, the affidavit states.

The affidavit states they also found “the black mask with a diamond stud” on a desktop.

The search warrant’s inventory lists the mask, a plaid shirt and three lap top computers among the items seized at the residence.

Proctor said Henderson has been released on $10,000 unsecured bond. She is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court at 9 a.m. Aug. 14.

Brutus has been placed in the custody of an animal shelter, Proctor said.

Prosecution of people accused of having sexual intercourse with animals is a rarity in area courts.

“It doesn’t occur frequently that I’m aware of, at least in our area,” Proctor said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com