A man who had been practicing as a veterinarian in the Wyoming Valley pleaded guilty in Oklahoma court Monday to a sodomy charge in a case in which investigators say he had sex with a horse.
Thomas Barret Lyle Wilson, 28, last known address Terrace Street, Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced to five years probation by a district judge in Tulsa County.
District Judge William Musseman granted a request by Wilson's attorney, Robert Wyatt, to have the probation transferred to Pennsylvania to be supervised by a probation department.
Wilson was charged in October 2010 in an incident from September 2009 when a doctor working at the Legacy Equine Centre in Glenpool, Okla., observed Wilson having sex with a horse via a live video feed from a barn.
The doctor approached Wilson, who had been working at the center while studying at Oklahoma State University, about the incident.
"I'm glad you caught me," Wilson told the doctor, according to court papers. "I need help."
Wilson had previously worked at the Back Mountain Veterinarian Hospital in Dallas. A call there by The Times Leader in January was answered by a woman who said Wilson was "no longer with" the hospital.
As of March 21, Wilson voluntarily surrendered his Pennsylvania veterinary license, making him ineligible to practice veterinary medicine.
Wilson must register as a sex offender, according to court documents, and must complete 80 hours of community service.
Investigators say Wilson graduated from OSU with a doctorate of veterinary medicine in July 2010.
Wyatt, of Oklahoma City, could not be reached for comment.