Obscenity case waived to grand jury


The Times-Gazette

The case of a Hillsboro woman charged with a felony for pandering obscenity based on a video allegedly showing her engaged in sexual contact with a dog is heading to a grand jury.

Amanda Cassner, 31, appeared in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Monday where the case was dismissed in that court under special conditions and waived to the grand jury in common pleas court, according to court records. Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins said Thursday she has reviewed the case and will likely present it to a grand jury.

Charges were filed after a detective with the Criminal Investigations Bureau at the Fairfax County Virginia Police Department contacted the Hillsboro Police Department last week and reported he had reviewed a website in an attempt to identify “individuals who are sexually abusing animals and distributing obscene materials,” according to an affidavit.

The detective reported that he found an online thread containing a video of “a young, white and brown canine” engaged in an act with a woman involving sexual contact. The affidavit adds that the Virginia detective was able to identify the woman as Cassner.

The affidavit states that “it was found that the state of Ohio has no bestiality laws at this time but posting the video online does fall under pandering obscenity.”

After Cassner was interviewed by Hillsboro police she was charged with fifth-degree felony pandering obscenity.

Cassner is being represented by Hillsboro attorney J.D. Wagoner, according to court records.

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