A Mesa man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy for utilizing online classifieds website Craigslist to try to procure a dog for sexual gratification has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.
James Naylor, 47, was arrested in August by deputies after a two-month investigation.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Naylor, who is married with one child, used Craigslist as a means for soliciting sex from an undercover sheriff deputy K-9, according to Arpaio's office. Deputies said they responded to an ad posted by Naylor on Craigslist in June.
Naylor told sheriff's detectives that he had been having marital difficulties resulting in a year-long sexless marriage, according to MCSO.
Sheriff's detectives said Naylor admitted he used Craigslist to connect with dog owners who would consider offering their pet canines to perform sexual acts with him.
Arpaio said this appears to be a growing crime.
In August, Shane and Sarah Dae Walker, of San Tan Valley, were sentenced to probation and ordered to stay away from animals after trying to use Craigslist to find a dog for the woman to have sex with.
In July 2011, a former Phoenix middle school music teacher and a Mesa handyman were sentenced to two years of probation in a similar case.
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