Man jailed for raping goat, pleads guilty to touching girl

LYNDEN, Wash. (AP) - A 30-year-old man previously jailed for raping a goat has pleaded guilty on Thursday to touching a girl.

Prosecutors say Gary Allen Veldhuizen touched the girl over her clothes when they played together in early 2011. The girl was younger than 10. Prosecutors say he was grooming her for further abuse.

Charing documents say a year earlier, a teenager caught Veldhuizen in the act of raping a goat in a trailer. Veldhuizen had been fired from a previous farm job because of alleged sexual misconduct with another farm animal. He pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree animal cruelty and served 20 days in jail.

The Bellingham Herald reports that less than three months after his release, the girl reported the sexual abuse. At first, Veldhuizen denied the allegations. But after a polygraph exam, he signed a statement admitting to touching the girl inappropriately.