Iowan who tossed cat from window gets 2 years


September 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs man who told police that he performed a sex act on a cat and then threw it out of a seventh-floor window has been given two years in prison. Thirty-year-old Gerardo Martinez was arrested after officers  found the dead cat on a sidewalk outside a Council Bluffs apartment building on Aug. 3. Officers say Martinez was naked and told them he used methamphetamine and had had sex with the cat.

Court records say Martinez pleaded guilty last week to animal torture. A charge of beastiality was dropped. Martinez is a registered sex offender in Iowa. Online Iowa records say he was convicted in Pottawattamie County of sexual abuse of a girl age 13 or under in 1998.