Michigan State University Health Physicist Charged With Harming Dog

Jun 4, 2018

WARNING: This story contains graphic content that may not be appropriate for younger readers. The Michigan Attorney General's office charged a Michigan State University health physicist with harming an animal through sexual contact. 


Mugshot for Joseph Hattey.
Credit Joseph Hattey / Ingham County Sheriff's Dept.

In a press release, the AG's office said Joseph Hattey, 51, of Holt was charged with two counts of committing a crime against nature also known as bestiality).

The office said the bassett hound that was the victim is in custody of Ingham County Animal Control.

The AG's office said Hattey penetrated the animal with his hand and his penis.

It is not believed the crimes happened on the Michigan State University campus.

Also, the office said the animal involved was not owned by the university.

Hattey’s attorney told the Lansing State Journal his client has not pleaded guilty and will explain the incident at his June 21st court hearing. 

Michigan State University issued the following statement:

Michigan State University was informed by the MSU Police Department on April 17 of a criminal investigation against Joseph Hattey, a health physicist with the Environmental Health and Safety Unit (note this position does not work with students, patients or animals). Hattey was immediately put on administrative suspension, pending the investigation. The university has been and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials on this matter. MSUPD is providing digital forensic support in the investigation. 

-Emily Guerrant, MSU Spokesperson