A 27-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to three counts of bestiality was sentenced Nov. 21 to 30 months of probation.
Jenna Driscoll walked free from the court in Brisbane, Australia, after another sentence for drug trafficking convictions was suspended by the judge, Daily Mail reported.
Driscoll had sex with a pit bull terrier three times between January and April 2014, reportedly at the encouragement of her boyfriend at the time.
Crown prosecutor Dzenita Balic added that Driscoll’s boyfriend asked her to send him images of the acts.
“She was willing to do that,” Balic said, according to the Courier Mail.
The incidents came to light after police examined Driscoll’s cellphone during a search related to the drug charges.
“There is some evidence to indicate the animal was hiding,” Balic added.
Driscoll indicated remorse in a statement provided as part of a psychological assessment.
“This has ruined my life, I very much regret what I’ve done,” Driscoll said.
She also admitted stabbing someone with a fork, biting a child and trafficking cannabis.
Defense attorney James Godbolt argued that the widespread media coverage of the allegations had been harmful to Driscoll.
He further noted that she had been forced to change her status at university due to perceived ostracism.
“Your conduct in the bestiality offenses was repugnant,” Judge Terry Martin said during sentencing.
The judge pointed out that Driscoll was the target of physical and emotional abuse during childhood. He also described Driscoll’s conduct as “repulsive” and “against the order of nature.”
“You were clearly a willing participant in acts of sexual intercourse with the dog,” he added.
Martin also was not persuaded by the defense’s argument concerning negative publicity.
“The adverse publicity is a result of your conduct,” he told Driscoll.
He decided to place Driscoll on probation because he believed prison time could expose her to corrupting influences. She will have to undergo psychological treatment while she is on probation.