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A Philomath man entered not guilty pleas in court Monday to allegations he stole a woman’s companion dog in March.

Theodore Tyrone Jessing, 37, pleaded not guilty in Benton County Circuit Court to first-degree theft, a felony, and harassment and third-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

Philomath Police responded March 22 to an address on the 200 block of South 17th Street for a disturbance, according to a police report. Police arrested Jessing for allegedly stealing a woman’s companion animal.

Authorities also allege Jessing subjected the woman to offensive physical contact and threw a dog kennel belonging to another woman, according to an indictment filed in the case.

Jessing faces up to five-and-a-half years in prison if convicted. He is being represented by Corvallis attorney John Rich. Jessing's next court hearing is set for a status check Nov. 6. 

 

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