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Man charged with sexually assaulting chicken

A Medford transient has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge alleging he used a chicken for sexual gratification.

Joshua Brian Woltmon, 27, entered not guilty pleas Tuesday on a single felony count of sexually assaulting an animal, and on misdemeanor charges of menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and public indecency, Jackson County Circuit Court records show.

A document filed in the case alleges Woltmon used the chicken "for the purpose of arousing and gratifying the sexual desire of a person," though little additional information was available Tuesday in the case. 

Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack set Woltmon's bail at $25,000 Tuesday, with the requirement that he comply with mental health professionals upon his release, a court order shows.

Medford police records show that Woltmon was arrested on the charges at 6:02 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of South Riverside Drive, but further information about the alleged animal abuse is currently sealed.

Court records show no prior sexual offenses, though he has a prior meth-possession conviction and has pending cases charging him with possessing methamphetamine and trespassing between on incidents in Sept. 13, March 27 and April 10.

Joshua Brian Woltmon