Man arrested in Wickenburg on suspicion of bestiality

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WICKENBURG, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A 56-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempting to arrange to swap a dog in exchange for sex with farm animals.

James Allen Darland, of Mount Vernon, Washington, was booked into the 4th Ave. Jail on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit bestiality, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff’s officials said the suspect offered an undercover detective his dog “Playmate” to be used for sexual purposes in exchange for allowing him to engage in sex acts with a number of animals reportedly owned by a rancher.

The investigation began in September and culminated Monday morning when Darland made contact with an undercover detective posing as a farmer who owned several animals in the Wickenburg area. The suspect requested to spend days on the farmer’s property solely for the purpose of having sex with the various animals provided, including miniature horses, dogs and goats.

Darland admitted to detectives in emails and phone calls that the self-described married man has been having sex with his neighbor’s horse, dogs and sheep in the state of Washington for some time.

The suspect also stated he just retired from a nationally known package delivery company after working there for more 23 years, and when delivering packages for the company, would often have sex with customers’ dogs while they were absent from the residence while on his route. He also spoke of stray dogs that he would find on his route which he captured to use for sexual gratification.

The suspect personally met up with undercover detectives on Monday at a location near Wickenburg, where he talked in detail about what sex acts he had recently committed with his own dog and what he planned to do with an unneutered male dog the detectives brought to the scene. The meeting was recorded.

"We clearly confirmed his intentions to commit this crime by statements, recorded phone calls and videos, e-mails and actions witnessed by my detective, leaving no doubt in his mind that Darland fully intended to carry out his perversion by committing the crime of bestiality," Sheriff Joe Arpaio was quoted as saying in a press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Darland’s dog was seized in the course of the investigation and transported by animal crimes detectives to the Arizona Humane Society for evaluation to determine whether the animal had been sexually abused.

Monday’s apprehension marked the ninth bestiality arrest by Sheriff Joe Arapio’s animal crimes unit.  

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