A Virginia man who confessed to performing oral sex on one of his eight Rottweilers and maintained a large trove of bestiality images on his home computer was convicted of two counts of animal cruelty on Tuesday in a case that rendered everyone speechless.
31-year-old Stephen Matthew Taylor entered an Alford plea – which means he did not admit guilt, but acknowledged that there is enough evidence for a conviction – to a felony charge of inflicting pain and causing death of an animal, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. He also entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.
“I just don’t have the words,” said Judge James Stephen Yoffy while reading his verdict. “This is disgusting.”
The case against Taylor was clear: in addition to his confession to police that he performed oral sex on one of his eight dogs, investigators also uncovered a hard drive from his home containing a whopping 171 images of bestiality, ten of which featured Taylor himself performing heinous acts on a Rottweiler.
Following his court appearance, Taylor maintained his innocence and blasted the charges against him as lies. He also claimed that he only pleaded as he did because he was afraid he would not get a fair trial in his home county.
Taylor will be sentenced on November 14 and faces a maximum in five years in prison for the felony charge and one year in prison for the misdemeanor. Yoffy also ordered that the culprit undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Although Taylor is currently free on bond, he is not allowed to have any contact with companion animals.
All eight dogs that were found at Taylor’s home were seized by authorities; two had to be euthanized, assistant attorney Nael A. Abouzaki said.