Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Creating and Distributing Animal Crush Videos

Ronald P. Bedra, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiring to create and distribute "animal crush" videos depicting extreme violence and sexual abuse against monkeys. Bedra admitted to paying individuals in Indonesia to torture monkeys on camera and distributing the videos online.

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Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Creating and Distributing Animal Crush Videos

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Creating and Distributing Animal Crush Videos

Ronald P. Bedra, a 42-year-old resident of Etna, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to create and distribute "animal crush" videos depicting extreme violence and sexual abuse against monkeys. The case, investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and FBI, was unsealed on Monday in federal court in Columbus.

Why this matters: This case highlights the disturbing reality of animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking, which not only harms animals but also has broader implications for public health, safety, and the environment. It also underscores the importance of international cooperation in combating these crimes and holding perpetrators accountable.

Bedra admitted to conspiring with others between 2021 and 2022 to create videos showing acts of sadistic violence against baby and adult monkeys in Indonesia, including severing digits and limbs and forced sodomy with a heated screwdriver. The conspirators used encrypted chat apps to direct money to individuals in Indonesia willing to commit the requested acts of torture on camera.

Court records reveal disturbing details of Bedra's involvement. In October 2021, he paid a co-conspirator $20 for a video that involved a heated screwdriver being placed inside the anus of a monkey while it was being filmed. Bedra also mailed a thumb drive containing 64 videos of monkey torture to a co-conspirator in Wisconsin in August 2021.

Bedra used the screen name "DemonSwordSoulCrusher" and moderated an online panel called "Million Tears," where the animal crush videos were shared and discussed. He participated in this activity through other message groups and private messages with at least five other people outside of Ohio.

The Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced the case, which is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Mark Romley, Senior Trial Attorney Adam Cullman, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Pakiz. A sentencing date for Bedra has not yet been set, but the crimes are punishable by up to five years in prison.

Bedra's guilty plea marks a significant step in the Justice Department's efforts to combat animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking. The case highlights the disturbing world of animal crush videos and the international network involved in their creation and distribution. As the legal proceedings continue, the horrific details serve as a stark reminder of the importance of investigating and prosecuting those who engage in such heinous acts of animal abuse.

Key Takeaways

  • Ronald P. Bedra, 42, pleaded guilty to creating and distributing "animal crush" videos depicting monkey torture.
  • Videos showed sadistic violence, including severing digits and limbs, and forced sodomy with a heated screwdriver.
  • Bedra conspired with others in Indonesia and the US, using encrypted chat apps to direct money for the torture.
  • He used the screen name "DemonSwordSoulCrusher" and moderated an online panel to share and discuss the videos.
  • Bedra faces up to 5 years in prison; the case highlights the importance of combating animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking.