Steven Errante

Steven Errante, 26, is facing charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, petit larceny and sexual misconduct. Prosecutors say the misconduct charge stems from an investigation that revealed Errante had sex with the dog before he beat it with a baseball bat back in December.

The petit larceny charge was added because Errante allegedly stole the dog from a fenced-in pen behind a church near Errante’s home on Deer Park Avenue, prosecutors say.