Har Co. Schools employee indicted on bestiality

BEL AIR, Md. - Stephanie Mikles was hired in 2009 to be the behavioral specialist for Harford County Schools...but it is her behavior that may very well get her fired and did get her indicted.

The child advocacy center of Harford County began investigating Mikles last year, but did not anticipate finding evidence that would lead to the shocking indictment.

According to court records and evidence of still photos, a grand jury indicted Mikles with "unnatural or perverted sexual practice."

The indictment lacks a lot of detail but does say she had "sexual intercourse with a dog."

Police say according to evidence it happened in August of 2008 but in Maryland, there is no statute of limitations for bestiality and sources tell ABC2, the pet still lives with the family at their Jarrettsville home.

Mikles is currently on administrative leave without pay from the Harford County Schools System; it could not comment on personnel matters but said part of her job did involve working with children.

 Her past job title remains a concern for the state's attorneys office which declined an on camera interview with ABC2 citing the ongoing investigation.

Investigators did say the findings of bestiality were a surprise and that it was a separate investigation by the child advocacy center that led them to this shocking discovery.

Mikles could not be reached for comment at her home outside Bel Air, but her attorney did tell us she is fighting the charge and has filed motions to dismiss the case.

Mikles is currently out on a five thousand dollar bond.

The bestiality charge if convicted is a misdemeanor punishable with up to 10 years in prison and a one thousand dollar fine.

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