WACO, Texas (KWTX) A disabled Bellmead veteran caught “sexually abusing a dog” has pleaded guilty to bestiality in a plea deal in which prosecutors are recommending deferred adjudication probation.
Philip Mercon, 27, entered the plea Thursday in exchange for which prosecutors recommended he be sentenced to five years unadjudicated probation and fined $750.
Under the recommendation if he successfully completes the term of probation, the conviction will not appear on his record.
Mercon, who was honorably discharged, is still seeking counseling at the VA.
Mercon, 27, was arrested and charged in July 2018 with trespassing, evading arrest and bestiality after officers responded to a report that a dog was being sexually abused in the backyard of a home, police said at the time.
Officers were sent just before 2 a.m. on July 7, 2018 to the 2000 Block of Montrose Street in Bellmead where a witness told them he observed a man "sexually abusing a dog," police said in a press release.
When the man spotted the officers, he let go of the dog and tried to run, police said.
Mercon’s attorney, Phil Martinez, said since his arrest his client has been working in construction since his release.
Mercon's next court date has not been set, Martinez said.