Vernon man asked to have sex with farm animals, placed tire deflation devices on driveways when denied


SUPERIOR COURT – A 31-year-old Vernon man is jailed pending trial after authorities say he sent several emails and letters to local farms and stables requesting to have sex with their farm animals.

Police say that when the man was rejected, he began harassing the residents and leaving metal tire deflation devices in their driveways.

Richard Decker was arrested on Oct. 3 and is facing 22 indictable offenses in addition to several disorderly persons offenses stemming from incidents in multiple jurisdictions including Lafayette, Vernon, Wantage, Frankford, Andover Township, Franklin and Hardyston. Authorities say the incidents date back to August 2018 and continued through the beginning of October of this year.

In yellow jail garb and handcuffed, Decker appeared in state Superior Court Wednesday in front of Judge N. Peter Conforti after the state, represented by Assistant Prosecutor Magdelen Czykier, filed a motion to detain him pending the disposition of his case.


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