Former teacher in bestiality case gets probation

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Patrick S. Trejo By Jennifer Thomas Patrick S. Trejo By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A former music teacher who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit bestiality was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.

Patrick Stephen Trejo, 25, was sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court Wednesday morning.

Authorities said Trejo used Craigslist to connect with dog owners.

Trejo is one of two men arrested in February during an undercover investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Trejo and Keith Kiefer, of Mesa, were taken into custody after they agreed to meet who they thought was a dog handler and canine in a hotel room.

Trejo is undergoing court-mandated counseling and attended a class regarding dangerous behaviors, according to the sheriff's office. 

He is not permitted to possess animals during this probation.

Trejo was a music teacher at Raul H. Castro Middle School in Phoenix at the time of his arrest. Trejo lost his teaching career as a result of his conviction.

Kiefer was sentenced in June to two years' probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bestiality.