CHICAGO — A former star University of Illinois at Chicago gymnast was found guilty of one count of animal cruelty Tuesday, officials said.
Kyle Voissem was convicted of animal cruelty in a bench trial that began Monday and concluded Tuesday, the state's attorney's office said.
Voissem was charged with a felony count of animal cruelty in January 2012, upped from a previous misdemeanor charge from December 2011, the Sun-Times reported.
Voissem was making macaroni and cheese in his Pilsen apartment in the 1700 block of South Des Plaines Street in October 2011 when his dog, a mountain cur, urinated on the floor. Voissem threw scalding water on the dog, the Tribune reported.
A psychological evaluation was ordered and Voissem's sentencing was scheduled for May 20, the state's attorney's office said.
Voissem was removed from UIC's men's gymnastics team after his arrest, the Sun-Times reported.
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