ROLLING MEADOWS (STMW) — A former groom who fondled a female racehorse at Arlington Park Racetrack avoided prison Wednesday when a Cook County judge placed him on probation and ordered him to undergo counseling.
Esbin Cal-Orozco, 29, had faced up to three years in prison after being convicted last month of having sexual contact with an animal.READ MORE: Chicagoan David Kronfeld Shares Advice To Career Success In New Book
“I believe this defendant is in dire need of counseling,” Judge Thomas Fecarotta said as he sentenced Cal-Orozco to two years probation and ordered him into sex offender counseling.
Cal-Orzoco received credit for the nearly five months he has been jailed since his arrest last September for fondling the filly in her stall at the northwest suburban racetrack.READ MORE: AAA Provides Best And Worst Times For Post-Holiday Travel
He was arrested after another track worker noticed the horse tied oddly in her stall, with several hay bales and buckets lined up behind her, authorities said. Cal-Orzoco admitted to police that he had improperly touched the horse.
The horse wasn’t injured and has continued to race, authorities said.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Sunny, Breezy With Seasonable Temps
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