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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:50 pm

EDINBURG – An Edinburg man is headed back to jail for allegedly having sex with a horse again.

Cirilo Castillo Jr., 43, was charged with criminal trespass and cruelty to animals Wednesday after he tied a horse named India to her corral near the intersection of Alberta Road and Cesar Chavez Drive and performed oral and vaginal sex on her, according to a probable cause affidavit. His bond for the two charges was set at $35,000.

Texas does not have a law against having sex with animals, but trespassing is illegal.

“If we can prove that he injured the animal in some way, then we have cruelty to animals,” Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said at a news conference following Castillo’s arraignment.

Castillo’s alleged debauchery was caught on video thanks to a surveillance system that India’s owner had in place. The video showed that India demonstrated her displeasure with the situation by attempting to move away from the man, despite being tied to her corral.

Castillo was released from jail June 25 after serving time for trespassing and public lewdness in connection with a previous sexual encounter with the same horse. On June 28, he allegedly reunited with India, and sheriff’s deputies arrested him Tuesday.

Castillo was arrested in January 2012 after similar allegations in the months before, according to Monitor archives.

“We have obviously a very disturbed individual,” Treviño said Wednesday. He added that he would ask the judge in Castillo’s case and the District Attorney’s Office to provide some type of therapy for Castillo – in addition to any punitive measures.

Castillo said almost nothing during his court appearance Wednesday, only answering questions from Justice of the Peace Bobby Contreras in Spanish, one-word replies.

Though Castillo couldn’t be charged with bestiality, Treviño was concerned.

“It’s unnatural,” the sheriff said. “There’s something wrong here.”

jfischler@themonitor.com

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