Man With History of Animal Sex Abuse Must Face Prison Time

Target: Michael Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney

Goal: Don’t allow man with history of animal sexual abuse escape justice.

A man with a history of animal sex abuse, spanning over the course of decades, is reportedly asking to be given hormone treatments instead of being sentenced to prison. Forty-six-year-old Michael Bessigano’s history of animal cruelty dates back to 1993 when he was convicted of breaking into a barn and killing a dog. Then, in 2009, Bessigano entered a guilty plea for “knowingly receiving obscene matter from an interactive computer device” after downloading animal pornography. In 2013, he was arrested for sexually abusing a guinea fowl. He was released, but reportedly violated the terms of that release in 2017 by accessing the obscene material yet again.

Bessigano has been in jail since violating his parole this time, but he asked the court to release him under the conditions that he undergo hormone treatments, via a drug, Depo-Lupron, that decreases testosterone levels. Bessigano’s lawyer argued that he’s no more of a threat to animals than a carnivore or someone who wears leather. “To the extent that Mr. Bessigano has accidentally injured or killed animals during the course of his sexual exploits, that harm is no greater than that imposed by meat-eaters and leather-wearers nationwide,” she said. Then she blamed his behavior on him not receiving enough affection as a child.

It is ridiculous to make excuses for someone who repeatedly sexually abuses and harms or kills innocent animals. Testosterone-reducing treatment instead of being punished for relentless violent crimes would be a joke. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that Bessigano have to do time behind bars for these disturbing crimes.


Dear Mr. Nerheim,

Michael Bessigano, a man with a history of animal sexual abuse that dates back to 1993, reportedly asked the court to release him under the conditions that he undergo hormone treatments instead of jail time. This man has been convicted of breaking into a barn and killing a dog, he was arrested for sexually abusing a guinea fowl, and he’s been arrested on multiple occasions for downloading animal pornography.

Clearly, someone with such a lengthy history of animal cruelty is going to continue hurting animals until someone finally puts a stop to it. We, the undersigned, demand that Bessigano not be allowed to receive hormone treatment in place of a prison sentence.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Dawn Pettinger says:

    Why can’t these monsters be given a lethal injection, they are worthless scum of the earth. Meanwhile they terrorise animals and children and are a drain on the taxe payer. If the courts were to be a lot tougher on these criminals, then surely that’s more of a deterrent to cut down the enormous amount of animal abuse.


  3. Makes one wonder what type of childhood this prick had… he was raped and raped by his father,uncle, unknown males for him to show power over the weak….we are products of our environments …blame his childhood …he never learned how to LET GO and do right as an adult…..never the less PUNISH HIM STRONGLY…NOOOOO EXCUSES.

  4. Put this POS in prison for the rest of his rotten life! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Why don’t judges do their jobs and incarcerate these evil people, a threat to society, yet never any jail time! GET HIM OFF OUR STREETS, we pay taxes, do your job.

  6. michelle taylor says:

    Death for this filthbag bastard is required that is after his weeny penis is dissected and he is made to eat it!!!!

  7. What a pervert. There is a special place in Hell for people abuse animals. Send him to prison where he belongs or your children could be next.

  8. In these cases I would suggest castration. If they can’t keep it in their trousers any child and women is in danger.

  9. Lethal injection

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