A Henrico County man convicted of performing sex acts with Rottweilers was sentenced to 20 months in prison Wednesday.
Stephen Matthew Taylor, 31, was convicted in August of two counts of animal cruelty — a felony charge and a misdemeanor charge.
Under questioning from Henrico Circuit Judge James Stephen Yoffy on Wednesday, Taylor admitted to performing sex acts.
“These acts were really despicable acts, absolutely despicable,” Yoffy said.
The judge said he would make Taylor eligible to serve his sentence under a work-release arrangement, in which the defendant can get out of prison during work hours to go to his place of employment. Yoffy prohibited Taylor from owning any animals.
Taylor expressed remorse for his actions, saying he had been “going down a very wrong path.”
“I really regret what I’ve done,” Taylor said.
The defendant, who had eight Rottweilers, admitted to police he performed a sex act on one of the dogs, said Nael A. Abouzaki, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Henrico, during an August court hearing.
Abouzaki said during the August hearing that a hard drive found at Taylor’s home contained 171 images of bestiality, including 10 images of Taylor and a Rottweiler. William T. Linka, Taylor’s attorney, said at that hearing that his client disputed that he was the person in the images.
A search warrant was executed in November at Taylor’s Lakeside home in the 2900 block of Kenwood Avenue for child pornography and crimes against nature, according to a criminal complaint.