A Bethany couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted bestiality but avoided prison after a judge called their behavior “gross and disgusting.”
Edward James Double, 36, and Brandy Teresa Double, 37, were accused of trying to have sex with a dog that belonged to a neighbor, prosecutors said.
Their attorney called the attempt to have sex with the animal “an experiment, a one-time thing.”
The couple were arrested in December 2010 after police — alerted by the couple's 13-year-old niece — found bestiality videos at their home. Three boys and a girl younger than 15 living with the couple were placed in state custody.
Prosecutors asked for prison terms for the couple, calling them a danger to society.
“They have tried to minimize everything,” Assistant District Attorney Michelle McElwee said. “They are not taking full accountability.”
But Oklahoma County District Judge Jerry D. Bass opted for probation for the couple, who have no prior criminal records and are attending counseling.
“You've embarrassed yourselves and destroyed your lives,” the judge said.
Brandy Double also pleaded guilty to a lewd acts charge by entering an Alford Plea, but did not admit kissing a 14-year-old neighbor. Under an Alford plea, the defendant asserts innocence but admits the prosecution has evidence that would convince a judge or jury to render a guilty verdict.
She pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, telling the judge she smoked the marijuana to help her sleep.
“I'm working very hard to do all the right things, to make good choices,” she told the judge.
Edward Double pleaded no contest to possession of child pornography and no contest to the drug charges. Double admitted viewing the pornography on his computer, which he bought from a pawnshop, but denied downloading any images, his attorney said.
“I accept full responsibility for everything,” Double told the judge.
Defense attorney David Slane told the judge his clients have lost everything, including their home, their children and their careers. Both, he said, are working two low-paying jobs to cover $700.00 a month in child support. Their three children now live with relatives.
“I think their reaction is one of relief,” Slane said. “They're glad it's over. They're ready to move on with their lives.”