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Northwest Minnesota postal delivery man who had sex with dog sentenced for burglary

Brian Chapman

CROOKSTON, Minn. — A bestiality charge against a former Polk County mailman accused of having sex with a dog has been dismissed, and he'll avoid jail time for the burglary charge if he abides by his probation terms.

Brian Louis George L. Chapman, 22, was ordered Thursday, March 29, in Polk County District Court to complete a number of supervised probation requirements, including attending a sex offender program and avoiding unsupervised contact with animals, as a result of signing a plea agreement. In exchange to pleading guilty to a second-degree felony charge of burglary, the misdemeanor bestiality charge was dismissed.

Chapman was arrested in February 2017 after a Polk County resident noticed his mailman, later identified as Chapman, was spending a long time dropping off a package in the homeowner's garage, according to court documents. Surveillance footage from the garage revealed Chapman was engaging in a sexual act with the homeowner's dog on Feb. 6, 2017, court documents stated.

Chapman resigned from his U.S. Postal Service position a few days later, a USPS spokesperson confirmed.

He had faced up to 10 years in prison on the burglary charge in 90 days in jail for the bestiality crime. Instead, he agreed to do 40 hours of community service and not contact the homeowner or the dog.

His supervised probation will last 10 years.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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