In October 2014, a man from Pennsylvania advertised on Craig's List that he wanted a horse as a sex partner. Investigators in the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit in Arizona saw the ad and offered a horse for the man.
The investigators carried on a correspondence with the man with emails and phone calls until he flew to Arizona this month to carry out his fantasy.
Now, the idea of sex with a horse is unusual, to say the least, and the practice not recommended. Someone could get hurt, someone could be seen, someone could be arrested, someone could be outed as a pervert. Risky behavior, to be sure.
Riskier, to be sure, for the man than the horse.
The deputies met the man at the airport, took him to meet a couple of horses, and arrested him. Now he is fodder for all kinds of gross jokes when what he really needed was some help to deal with his odd sexual desires.
Law enforcement officers corresponded with this man for nine or ten months.
I have not seen the correspondence but it seems clear that the cops didn't try to dissuade the man from trying something so risky. No, they worked for nearly a year to get the man to Arizona so they could net themselves an arrest for...a misdemeanor.
It is a Class 6 felony in Arizona to have sex with an animal. This man did not have sex with the horse so they arrested him for conspiracy to have sex with the horse which is only a misdemeanor. (Other sources report that he was arrested on suspicion of bestiality.)
The linked article contains a link to the story of another bestiality arrest made by the same Arizona department. In that one, three people wanted a dog. Law enforcement responded and offered up a dog. None of the people had sex with the dog and they were arrested for conspiracy.
Other bestiality arrests in Arizona came in 2010 and 2011, again because law enforcement responded to ads looking for animals.
One wonders how much bestiality--or conspiracy to commit--happens without law enforcement encouraging the idea.