PHOENIX, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Washington man has been accused of prostituting his dog in exchange for sex with various farm animals, authorities said.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said 56-year-old James Allen Darland, of Mount Vernon, WA, was arrested Monday, Oct. 26 following a months-long investigation.
According to a MCSO news release, Darland allegedly contacted an undercover detective through a website to "arrange for sexual liaisons with various farm animals in exchange for sex with his own personal dog."
The investigation that began in September culminated when Darland made contact with an undercover detective posing as a farmer/owner of several animals in the Wickenburg area, according to the release.
According to the release, Darland asked 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.
Authorities said Darland admitted to detectives on emails and in later 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.
Darland, who recently retired after working 23 years for a delivery company, also allegedly admitted to having sex with customer's animals and stray dogs while on his routes.
"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," Arpaio said in the release.
Darland was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit bestiality, a Class 6 felony.
Darland's dog was seized and will be evaluated for sexual abuse by the Arizona Humane Society.