Kennewick, WA – Kennewick Police have arrested a 35-year old man after he was caught sexually assaulting an injured wild animal in Columbia Park in Kennewick, Washington.
According to a news release posted on the Kennewick Police Departments Official Facebook page, late on the evening of Monday, September 3rd, 2018, Kennewick Police Officers responded to Columbia Park for a report of a transient male having sexual contact with an injured beaver.
Officers contacted 35-year old Richard Delp and arrested him on charges of First Degree Animal Cruelty and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.
During the course of the investigation, Officers learned that a woman in the park witnessed a beaver get struck by a vehicle in the park. The animal was still alive and appeared to have two broken legs. In an attempt to help the injured beaver, the woman wrapped it in a towel and went to her nearby home to retrieve a bin to put the beaver in, so she could figure out what to do with it. The woman said she called many places to find someone to take the injured beaver before heading back to the park.
When the woman returned to the park a short time later she saw the man lying on top of the beaver. At first, she thought the man was trying to help the animal. As the man rolled over, she was horrified to find the beaver was on its back (she had left it on its stomach) and the man’s pants were unzipped, unbuttoned, and unbuckled. When she asked what he did to him, the man replied; “it’s not a him, it’s a her.” The woman said she called the man out on what he was doing to the animal and he replied “its just a beaver.”
The woman the called Kennewick Police who responded to the park and arrested Mr. Delp after he admitted to sexually assaulting the injured animal. He was also arrested for possession of Methamphetamine. The beaver had reportedly died before police arrived on scene.
Delp has a lengthy criminal record and comments on the Kennewick Police Department Facebook page from people who claim to know him say he has suffered from Mental Illness prior to his drug addiction and becoming homeless.
He is currently being held without bail in the Benton County Jail.