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. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    I got a better idea❗️How bout cut his skin tag dick off❗️Problem solved. ?
    None of this hormone therapy pampering bullsh!t?❗️?
    Signed & shared ?

  2. What the hell is wrong with people? I’m so disgusted by how these sickos get practically no punishment. You can’t rehab, fix or control perverted twisted people like this. Just burn them at the stake and get them off the planet. Stop enabling them and actually punish the hell out of them

  3. THIS BASTARDS MOST BE ROTTEN IN PRISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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