Man faces charges of sexual behavior with dogs


Marc David Harpel, 30, faces charges of sexual behavior with a dog

Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 04:14 PM.

A Jones County man has been accused of engaging in sexual behavior with dogs, officials said Tuesday.

Marc David Harpel, 30, of Emmett Lane in Maysville, was charged Monday by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office with seven counts each of felony crimes against nature and misdemeanor solicitation for crimes against nature, according to a press release from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.

On Nov. 15, the Jones County Child Protective Services Deputy received information from a concerned citizen accusing Harpel of engaging in sexual behavior with neighborhood dogs, as well as viewing internet pornography in front of his minor children, according to the release.

The accusations against Harpel were investigated by the sheriff’s office, which said investigators found enough evidence to support multiple felony charges of crimes against nature. Harpel is accused of sexually assaulting at least two dogs, including one female pit bull, and using the Internet to ask other individuals to join him in committing sexual acts with dogs, Capt. J.T. Eimer of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office said.

Harpel is a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps based at Camp Lejeune.

The Marine Corps had previously issued a military protective order on Nov. 20, followed by the issuance of an N.C. Domestic Violence Protective Order on Nov. 21, to protect Harpel’s spouse and children after he allegedly made threats against them, according to the release. Marine Corps authorities ordered that Harpel be temporarily confined to the base brig aboard Camp Lejeune as a precautionary measure, according to the release.

Base officials turned Harpel over to the sheriff’s office on Monday and he was placed in the Jones County Jail under a $14,000 secured bond, according to the release.

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