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AMERICAN FORK, Utah – Police in Utah arrested a man for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a family’s dog.

American Fork Police Lt. Sam Liddiard said 65-year-old Melvin Pace is accused of going into a family’s yard and performing sexual acts with the family’s dog.

According to KSTU, the police report states Pace was allegedly involved in bestiality with the male Kangal breed on five different occasions.

“He has priors with the same situation with the same dog,” Lt. Liddiard said. “These incidents date back to December of 2013.”

Lt. Liddiard said Pace was arrested and charged in Dec. 2013, May 2014 and June 2014; he has three lewdness convictions.

The family says they found out this was happening after they set up a cameras in the yard.

They set up the cameras to figure out how the dog was getting out of the dog run.

The footage showed Pace was not closing the dog run when he left.

According to the police report, authorities ordered Pace to get a psycho-sexual evaluation.

He is also receiving court-ordered treatment.

“Part of the lewdness charges were because of where the home is located,” St. Liddiard said. “It is close to a business, the frontage road and Frontrunner. When the individual comes on the property, he does it at night, and when vehicles are leaving, the business, the headlights shine on him. He is in the open and people can see what he is doing.”

Pace has prior charges and convictions for these offenses so now he is facing a felony.