A 61-year-old former Davenport employee posted bond Wednesday on charges involving a neighbor's dog allegedly performing sexual acts on him.
Richard John Freund, 1511 W. 8th St., Davenport, was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of bestiality and indecent exposure, authorities said.
Mr. Freund's description of what happened differed from what's alleged in the charges.
According to a court affidavit, Davenport police officers were called to a house across the street to investigate an incident between a man and a dog. Police allege Mr. Freund removed his shorts in public so "a dog could perform oral sex on him," the affidavit states.
The dog, a 10-month-old Siberian Husky, was inside the neighbor's fenced-in yard, the affidavit says. The dog's owner witnessed the incident and called police, who arrested Mr. Freund, according to court records.
After posting $8,450 bond Wednesday, Mr. Freund said from his home that nothing lewd happened between him and the dog.
"The dog pulled my pants down and then I pulled them up," Mr. Freund said in a phone interview. "I was feeding him food and water and the little rat did that."
He said he often feeds the dog and that things were usually good between him and his neighbor. Calling the police "did not make sense," Mr. Freund said. "I ain't going to talk to him for a while."
Saying the "charge spoke for itself," police Capt. David Struckman offered no further details.
Appearing via video before Judge Mary Howes Wednesday morning, Mr. Freund wore a white T-shirt with his hands clasped in front of him. He told Judge Howes he was unemployed.
Mr. Freund worked for Davenport for 28 years until December 2004 as a packer, driver and loader in the city's public works department, according to city records.
Judge Howes appointed Davenport attorney David Treimer to represent Mr. Freund.
"I had to stop and think who to give this one," Judge Howes said to court personnel. The hearing was continued to today.
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