Updated: Oct 13
- Florida, USA -
~ UPDATE: October 13, 2021
On Friday, October 8, prosecutors with the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Florida announced in a press release that 40-years-old PRENTISS K. MADDEN (pictured below) was sentenced in Miami federal court to over 21 years in prison.
The release stated: “Prentiss K. Madden, is guilty of producing videos of himself engaged in sexual activity with dogs and sharing them with others in chats. Madden kept these bestiality videos, as well as chats about bestiality, in his cellular telephones. Madden also is guilty of accessing a Dropbox account containing images of child pornography, receiving child pornography photographs and videos through social media chats, talking about child sexual abuse during chats, and storing thousands of child pornography images in his Dropbox account and cellular telephones.”
~ UPDATE: August 10, 2021
On Thursday, July 29, in Miami federal court before U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez, 40-years-old PRENTISS K. MADDEN (pictured below), pleaded guilty to one count of creation of an animal crush video, three counts of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.
MADDEN, the former medical director of Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Aventura, has been held without bond at Miami’s Federal Detention Center since his arrest in mid-March.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 8, 2021.
MADDEN faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, and a maximum penalty of 87 years in prison.
~ Original story:
On Tuesday, March 16, police arrested 40-year-old PRENTISS K. MADDEN (pictured below).
According to a press release by the United States Attorney's Office South Florida, federal prosecutors have charged MADDEN with animal crushing and receiving and possessing child pornography.
- Animal crushing is a federal crime that punishes acts of animal torture. -
MADDEN is a licensed veterinarian in Aventura, Florida.
He was the medical director of the Caring Hands Animal Hospital until the hospital learned about the charges and fired him.
According to the press release, the investigation started when law enforcement agents received a cyber tip that an IP address registered to MADDEN’s Miami home repeatedly accessed a cloud-based file-sharing service containing images of child pornography.
A search warrant was then executed at MADDEN’s home as part of the investigation, and agents found a cellular telephone containing chats that discussed the sexual abuse of animals and children.
The phone, alleged to belong to MADDEN, also contained several sexually explicit videos and images of minors.
According to the affidavit, some of the chats contained images that appeared to be of MADDEN engaged in sexual activity with dogs.
In MADDEN’s cloud-based sharing account agents also discovered over 1000 images of animal abuse and child pornography, says the court filing.
As stated by the release, according to the complaint affidavit, the geolocation information of one of the images depicting alleged bestiality links to Caring Hands Animal Hospital.
Caring Hands Animal Hospital released a statement and part of it reads: “We at Caring Hands Animal Hospital are appalled by the nature of the charges against Prentiss Madden. We immediately terminated Mr. Madden two weeks ago upon learning that he was under investigation for these heinous and unthinkable crimes. Our legal team, and every single member of the Caring Hands family will be doing everything in our power to aid law enforcement and facilitate their investigation and prosecution.”
According to CBS Miami, MADDEN is scheduled to be arraigned on March 31, 2021.
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