Stearns, who was in township for a conference, allegedly exposed his genitals to one victim as she left an elevator and headed to her room, an indictment states. Stearns’ defense attorney declined to comment on the charges.Stearns followed the girl and flashed her through the zipper of his pants, the indictment states. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Stearns pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include six counts of sex misconduct involving a child less than 15 years of age. When reached by The Daily Beast, DCWT declined to comment on any of the three lawsuits targeting the zoo, or on Randy Stearns’ pending criminal charges.” Our attorney has advised us to not talk about it ,” one staffer said over the phone.One supporter even mocked the empty cages, screaming,” Get some shots of the tigers, guys. There’s none here .” The zoo posted video from the inspection on You Tube, under the heading,” Terrorist Group PETA contravening a court order during an inspection# 1.”( In response to the title, James said,” I don’t know what laws they think we violated frankly .”) Days after the inspection, Kenneth Stearns told fans in a Facebook video,” They know they ain’t got nothing. When the inspection squad arrived, they found a crude homemade wooden sign at the front gate that said,” Shut due to PETA terrorist death menace .” Indeed, apparently to avoid the survey, Kathy Stearns and her hubby, Kenneth, shipped 19 tigers to Oklahoma in a livestock trailer without air conditioning, according to the PETA lawsuit.In affidavits, witness claimed the tigers, some of which were pregnant, didn’t have food or water.Two days later, Stearns appeared at EARS with a pair of orange tigers, Rory and Rajah, in the same vehicle.Behind them was another trailer with the 19 tigers, who” were all without water and appeared very hot ,” Bowen said.
Stearns told Bowen he’d eventually collect the tigers and mentioned signing a contract, but no such document was, the affidavit says.
Three baby tigers were born and died during the 18 -hour, 1,200 -mile journey, PETA says.
The Stearns clan transported their big cats–quickly and without regard to the animals’ safety–in a bid to defy PETA and the federal magistrate who had scheduled an inspection of the tigers at the facility, PETA alleges.
The attraction has more than 300 animals: jaguars, lions, bears, lemurs, macaques, porcupines, bearded dragons, and other reptiles.
But it’s known for baby tigers, deployed for photo-ops and swim sessions in the zoo’s chlorinated pool.