Joe Arpaio's Craigslist Bestiality Case Nets Three Guilty Pleas
All three people accused of using Craigslist to find a dog to "fornicate" with have pleaded guilty.
The charges stem from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest Craigslist bestiality case, in which a detective responded to a post on the website looking for a dog for sexual purposes, and the three people showed up to a predetermined location to meet the undercover MCSO detective and his male Golden Shepherd mix.
Robert Aucker pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bestiality in late March, while Shane and Sarah Walker pleaded guilty this morning to the same charge.
After the bust in late February, Arpaio looked for attention on this one, writing a letter to Craigslist's CEO about the bust, and telling the public, "People who do this for enjoyment are a different breed, that's for certain."
MCSO didn't give the case too much attention after last month, as Sarah Walker claimed she was sexually assaulted by self-described "sex pig" Lee Lubonne.
Walker told New Times that when she found out what she was being charged with, she asked one of the deputies whether he'd be feeding the story to the media.
"He put his hands up and said, 'Well it won't be me that puts it in the news,'" Walker said.
Arpaio and company did end up giving some information on the case to the media, then last month, Lubonne contacted Walker through her website under the guise of wanting to hire her as a professional photographer, and they eventually met at a west Valley coffee shop.
"They talked for about a half-hour and during this conversation, he brought up the bestiality case and asked her questions about it," court documents state. "She diverted the questions back to the photography and he told her that he wanted to do the shoot at his residence."
Walker said she was brutally sexually assaulted after going to do the photo shoot, and eventually got away by telling her alleged attacker, Lubonne, that her ankle monitor would lead the cops straight to him.
Walker told New Times it was "no coincidence" that the alleged assault happened after Arpaio made media headlines about the bestiality case, and court documents obtained by New Times seemed to support her claim that Lubonne knew who she was from the media attention.
As for the bestiality case, Aucker's plea agreement included leaving the conviction as an undesignated felony -- meaning it could be dropped down to a misdemeanor at some point -- and he was sentenced to two years of probation, which may be an indication of what the Walkers will get at their August 9 sentencing.
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