PLEASANTON -- Three men arrested in July on public intoxication and animal cruelty charges for harassing an Alameda County Fair show pig agreed to a deal Friday that could wipe their record clean if they stay away from the fair, and remain trouble free for a year.
Kyle Flapan, 24, James Horn, 22, and Cody Paradero, 22, all of Livermore, pleaded no contest to one count of public intoxication and had judgment on the charges suspended for a year by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jacob Blea III.
If the trio stays out trouble for the next year and away from the fair they will have the charges against them dismissed.
Jill Nerone, of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said the original charges of animal cruelty against Horn and Paradero were not pursued by her office because two of the three had no prior record and all were college students who made a mistake.
The trio was arrested July 3 in the fair's barn area by an Alameda County sheriff's deputy after witnesses said they were involved in harassing a 6-month-old Yorkshire pig.
According to the sheriff's report the pig's owner told investigators that when she washed the pig she saw several hand-slap prints on the pig's buttocks and back. Witnesses told the deputy that the men also pulled the pig's tail and ears and were trying to get a reaction out of the pig.
Defendants Flapan and Paradero said after court Friday that the incident was a misunderstanding and
"All we did was wipe the drink off the pig," said Flapan, who decline to say who spilled the beer. "The pig did not make any noises nor did anyone slap it."
Horn, who was accused in court documents of slapping the pig, declined to comment.
"I am positive about the outcome because we have the opportunity to stay clean," Paradero said of the deal. "Our case has been flushed to the background."
All three men had blood-alcohol levels well above the legal limit at the time of their arrest, according to court records.
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