An Ohio man allegedly created “animal videos” dedicated to the torture and mutilation of monkeys, depicting acts of extreme violence and sexual abuse against monkeys
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An Ohio man allegedly created “animal videos” dedicated to the torture and mutilation of monkeys, depicting acts of extreme violence and sexual abuse against monkeys

Two people were charged for participating in online groups that created and distributed videos depicting acts of extreme violence and sexual abuse of monkeys.

Nicholas T. Dryden of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Giancarlo Morelli of New Jersey were charged with conspiracy to create and distribute so-called “animal amorous videos.” Dryden is also accused of creating videos depicting angry animals, as well as producing, distributing and receiving visual material depicting child sexual abuse because a minor was paid to abuse the monkeys.


Court documents allege that in March and April 2023, two co-defendants allegedly conspired to create and distribute videos depicting acts of sadistic violence against baby, adolescent and adult monkeys. The conspirators allegedly transferred the money through Dryden, who then paid a minor in Indonesia to commit the requested acts on camera.

The videos allegedly made as part of the conspiracy included scenes of monkeys having their genitals burned, cut with scissors, and sodomized with a wooden skewer and a spoon.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, each count of producing and distributing animal abuse videos carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, and each count of producing and distributing child sexual abuse depictions carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The federal district judge will sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.