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Horry County man convicted of having sex with a horse released on probation

A Longs man convicted of having sexual intercourse with a Conway woman’s horse has been released from prison after serving 16 months in a state prison, according to records.

Rodell Vereen, 51, must serve two years probation and register as a sex offender, according to the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Vereen was released March 1 and will be supervised until Feb. 28, 2013.

Vereen pleaded guilty in November 2009 to buggery and trespassing after he was charged in July 2009, when the woman found him in her barn at Lazy B Stables in the Wampee community of Horry County, police said. The woman pointed a shotgun at him until police arrived.

At the time of his arrest on the charge, Vereen was on probation related to another buggery charge from a 2007 incident involving the same horse at the same stable.

“I'm sorry about what I've done,” Vereen said during his 2009 sentencing. “I didn't mean to do it. It's my fault. I'm sorry for what I've done to myself.”

Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced Vereen to five years in prison on the latest buggery charge, but suspended it to three years in prison and two years of probation. Vereen also was ordered to undergo mental health treatment once he is released from jail and was told not to go near Lazy B Stables.

In July 2008, Vereen, who owns a landscaping business, pleaded guilty to the same charge after he was caught Thanksgiving Day of 2007 having sex with the same horse.

The woman told police she caught Vereen having sex with a 21-year-old female horse named Sugar. She told officers she had video of Vereen "having relations" with one of her horses on July 19, 2009, according to a police report.

Vereen also had prior convictions of burglary from 1991 and 1995. Vereen has been registered as a sex offender since pleading to the first buggery charge in 2008, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.