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Man sentencend in farm animal bestiality case

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Posted at 8:41 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 01:00:11-04

A man from Washington state has been sentenced after being convicted of conspiring to commit bestiality.

A release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says James Allen Darland will serve an unspecified length of time in jail and 3 years' probation.

Detectives arrested Darland in Wickenburg last October, after authorities said he contacted an undercover officer through a website trying to arrange for sexual liaisons with various farm animals in exchange for sex with his personal dog, Wiley.

Darland, who spent more than 20 years working for UPS, would have sex with customers' pets while making deliveries on his route.

Deputies seized Darland's dog and is being rehabilitated by the sheriff's MASH unit. The dog will eventually take part in a pilot program for inmates incarcerated at the Maricopa County Jail.

"The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is believed to be one of the few law enforcement agencies concentrating on the investigation and arrest of those that violate animal bestiality laws," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in the release. "These types of investigations will continue."

At the time, Darland's arrest was the ninth bestiality-related arrest by the sheriff's office.