Animal Shelter Workers Convicted of Sex with Pit Bull Mar 23, 2019 17:48:50 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Mar 23, 2019 17:48:50 GMT -5
Animal Shelter Workers Convicted of Sex with Pit Bull
A former employee of the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana, pled guilty Thursday to acting as principal in a crime against nature. Booker Thomas, 43, admitted to District Judge John D. Mosely Jr. he had encouraged a Celina Cabrera, 24, a female coworker, to have sex with a pit bull he owned.
Cabrera engaged in the act of bestiality Dec. 9, 2016, but it was not reported until Feb. 16, 2017. At that time, the woman told Shreveport Police investigators Thomas, whom she met through work at the shelter, had encouraged her to have sex with the dog, an act the woman said was recorded by Thomas on his cell phone.
The recording of the incident was never recovered and when questioned, Thomas denied any such act occurred. But a search warrant for his cell phone revealed text messages between the two animal shelter workers discussing the incident. Police also discovered a video of his dog engaged in a sexual act with another woman.
Cabrera pled guilty as charged to crimes against nature on June 28, 2017, and was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor, suspended, with 18 months active supervised probation.
Thomas faced up to five years in prison at hard labor and a fine of as much as $2,000. Pursuant to a plea agreement, he was sentenced to three years at hard labor, suspended, and three years active supervised probation.
Thomas also was ordered to relinquish custody of all animals, not just the grey put bull involved in the incident, to Caddo Parish Animal Control. As special conditions of probation, for a period of five years, he cannot harbor, own or possess any animals; reside in a household where any animal is present; engage in an occupation, paid or unpaid, involving animals; or participate in a volunteer position in any establishment where animals are present. Additionally, he must undergo a psychological evaluation for sex offenders, participate in any recommended psychological treatment and pay any costs associated with any evaluation or treatment ordered by the court.
Sources: The Shreveport Times, March 22, 2019, and Luke Kenton, The Daily Mail, March 23, 2019.