A 56-year-old Fayston man has pleaded no contest to a charge of unlawful trespass in a case in which police say he admitted entering a dairy barn to have sex with the cows.

Gregory Viens was ordered to pay $601 in fines on the trespass charge. In a similar case dating from 2000, police decided against bringing a cruelty-to-animals charge against Viens after consulting with a veterinarian, who said no harm came to the cows.

On May 29, an employee at the Scribner Farm on River Road in Moretown caught Viens in the barn after spotting his vehicle nearby. Court documents said farm employees suspected Viens had been trespassing on the property and had a history of having sex with cows.

The farm employee held Viens until police arrived a short time later. Vermont Police State Police Sgt. Marc Thomas wrote in a sworn affidavit that Viens admitted that he was in the barn to have sex with the animals.