Bestiality defendant appears in court

A woman accused of committing a sex crime with a dog made her first appearance in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday.

Jordan Elise Henderson, 23, formerly of Mount Jackson, said she wanted a court-appointed attorney.  Judge Amy Tisinger told Henderson to fill out a form that would be used to determine if Henderson lacks enough financial assets to hire her own attorney.

“You have a right to hire an attorney,” Tisinger told Henderson. “You also have the right to have the court hire one for you.”

Tisinger scheduled another court appearance for Henderson, who is free on unsecured bond, for 10:45 a.m. on Oct. 23.

Henderson, currently of Danville, is charged with committing a crime against nature, animal cruelty and producing obscene material.

Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies arrested Henderson about a month ago after an investigation into Internet bestiality videos.

Detectives from Fairfax and Prince William counties say that videos, which featured Henderson having sex with a dog named Brutus, were part of an investigation begun in 2014 and early 2015.

Court documents describe Henderson as “wearing a black mask with a diamond stud and a teal and black colored shirt.”

Authorities from Fairfax and Prince William counties say they found the black mask and diamond stud on a desk top in Henderson’s Mount Jackson apartment when they searched it in February.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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