Two arrested for bestiality; man’s mother faces charges in separate case


A Seymour couple face bestiality charges after police found a video on the man’s cellphone while investigating another case.

Christopher Michael Hohnstreiter, 46, and Melissa Jo Turner, 46, each face one count of the Level 6 felony charge for their involvement in the incident that occurred July 11, 2018.

The two were arrested on those charges after investigators had completed a forensic examination of Hohnstreiter’s cellphone as part of an investigation into his August 2018 arrest on child solicitation charges, Indiana State Police Detective Andrew Mitchell wrote in the probable cause affidavit filed Friday.

The cellphone video depicted Turner lying nude in a bed in the presence of a black pit bull puppy, according to court documents.

Police said they believe Hohnstreiter filmed the video, and his voice can be heard on it.

Shortly after the video begins, a man’s hand is seen pointing at Turner and telling the dog to go near her.

The dog walked toward Turner, and the man then tells the dog to perform a sex act on her.

When the dog did not comply with the request, the man’s arm comes into view where he grabs its head and pushes its face near the woman.

The dog, who was not harmed during the incident, then pulled away from Turner, but the man continued to verbally encourage the sex acts, according to police.

Mitchell wrote he believed Hohnstreiter was the man in the video because of previous talks with him during the investigation of the case that led to the child solicitation charges.

While viewing the forensic report on Hohnstreiter’s cellphone, Mitchell said he found multiple internet searches for how to house-train a female pit bull puppy.

Hohnstreiter denied having any knowledge of the video with Turner and didn’t know why it was on his phone during an interview with Mitchell in August 2018. He also said he didn’t know whether it was him in the video or not, according to court documents.

Hohnstreiter later admitted the dog may have jumped on the bed while he and Turner were engaged in sexual activity.

He told Mitchell that “If it was anything, the dog was jumping up there trying to love on her,” according to court records.

The video was filmed “on a whim by happenstance when the dog jumped on the bed,” Hohnstreiter said.

He told police he did not produce the video and did not receive it from another user.

Multiple attempts to contact Turner by phone and at her residence were unsuccessful, Mitchell wrote, and she was not interviewed as part of the investigation.

Police were unable to provide information about whether the dog was placed elsewhere or not.

Police also arrested Hohnstreiter’s 67-year-old mother, Peggy Hohnstreiter, who faces a Level 6 felony of obstruction of justice and perjury. That charge is only related to her son’s child solicitation arrest, police said.

The child solicitation charges stem from an investigation in 2018 by state police into incidents in which Christopher Hohnstreiter has been accused of soliciting sex from two children younger than 16.

The incidents were reported to the Jackson County Department of Child Services on April 30 by one of the children, according to a probable cause affidavit. A jury trial for those charges is set for 8:30 a.m. July 23 in Jackson Circuit Court.

Christopher Hohnstreiter was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on the bestiality charge at 7:02 p.m. Monday without bond.

Turner was booked in at 8:30 p.m. Monday and Peggy Hohnstreiter at 6:59 p.m. Monday. Both were being held without bond Tuesday.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years if convicted.

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