Alpena man accused of assaulting dog faces charges in assault of 2 girls

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

An Alpena man accused of engaging in sex acts with a dog is facing charges in the sexual assault to two female minors, officials said Friday.

The Alpena County Prosecutor's Office has authorized charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and accosting children for immoral purposes against Damian Barton, Michigan State Police said.


Detectives with the agency began investigating Barton earlier this year after allegations that he committed sex offenses against two girls, officials said.

Each of the victims told police Barton had sexual contact with her or solicited her to perform sexual acts, according to authorities.

Barton has been housed in the Alpena County Jail while awaiting trial on criminal sexual conduct and bestiality charges.

He was arrested in April for allegedly engaging in sex acts with a dog. He was charged with a count of sodomy. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison for the crime.

A status conference in the case has been scheduled for Nov. 4, according to court records.

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State police said troopers were called April 19 to investigate a report that an 18-year-old man had been caught on surveillance video engaging in sex acts with a bull terrier/lab mix.

The caller told troopers she was reviewing home security video footage when she saw the man, an associate of the family, in the act. Troopers reviewed the video and arrested the suspect.

In May, officials said they began investigating allegations Barton sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl.

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The girl told family members about the attack after a presentation on inappropriate touching at school.

Barton was arraigned on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. A status conference on the case is also scheduled for Nov. 4.

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