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Man Pleads Guilty to Animal Abuse in Eugene; Killed Monkey For Video

Man Pleads Guilty to Animal Abuse in Eugene; Killed Monkey For Video

Portland, Oregon: This week in federal court, an individual from Oregon entered a guilty plea for his participation in a scheme to generate and disseminate videos that portrayed the brutality, decapitation, and execution of primates in return for financial support from an online animal advocacy organization he managed.

David Christopher Noble, 48, of Prineville, Oregon, pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty and the production and distribution of videos depicting animal cruelty.

Noble, along with other Oregon residents, allegedly conspired from January 2022 to February 2023 to finance videos depicting the torture, mutilation, and murder of monkeys by transferring online payments to fellow conspirators overseas, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. Furthermore, Noble oversaw an online community in which participants raised funds, exchanged ideas, and distributed these videos.

Noble, a former United States Air Force officer, was military detained for six months and terminated after a court martial finding him guilty of fraud and engaging in an unprofessional relationship.

When law enforcement searched his residence in February 2023, they discovered firearms, ammunition, and approximately fifty videos depicting animal maltreatment.

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The release stated that in May of last year, a federal grand jury in Eugene remanded an indictment against Noble on charges including “conspiring to engage in animal crushing and creating and distributing animal crush videos, illegally possessing a firearm as a dishonorably discharged person,” and “creating animal crush videos.”

Noble, who had moved from Prineville to Henderson, Nevada, was arrested in Henderson in June 2023. His federal court appearance took place in Las Vegas before his transfer to Oregon.

Noble is subject to a three-year supervised release program, a $250,000 fine, and a maximum of five years in prison. The date of his sentencing is April 24, 2024.

William M. McLaren and Adam E. Delph, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon, are prosecuting the case. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation.

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