September 2022

Derby pervert who filmed his poodle performing sex acts with woman said they were ‘consenting adults’

A depraved Derby dad filmed video of his pet dog performing sex acts on a woman and uploaded them to a perverted bestiality website. 

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how on the footage, Robert Hurley could be heard inciting and encouraging the poodle to do what it was doing.

After police seized the footage and charged the Chellaston 52-year-old, he told a probation officers it was simply “two consenting adults” engaged in the debauched behaviour. Now he has lost his job after news of his conviction was made public.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe said: “To describe this matter, as you did to (the probation officer) as ‘two consenting adult behind closed doors, what does it matter?’ displays an error of judgement at best and at worst degenerate and depraved behaviour. Any right-thinking person would see the type of behaviour you videoed and uploaded, even with the consent of the other person, as some form of abuse.

“Little or no thought was given to the welfare of the animal involved and I am satisfied your attraction to depraved areas of bestiality has to be confronted full-on. It was you who videoed it and it was you who encouraged the dog to perform sex acts and then proceeded to upload the images on the website.”

Ben Payne, prosecuting, said police went to Hurley’s address on January 31, 2021, investigating a domestic incident from which no charges have even been brought.

He said the defendant’s phone and other electronic devices were seized and on the phone there were 25 videos and three images and it was identified that it was the defendant on the footage and a woman and the dog was performing (a sex act).

The prosecutor said: “It was a poodle and the dog was being incited to engage in various sexual acts with the female by the defendant. There was also evidence of him uploading videos to a bestiality website which is an aggravating feature.”

Hurley, of Griffin Close, pleaded guilty of possessing extreme pornographic images at a previous hearing in early August.

As part of the community order, Judge Taaffe ordered Hurley to attend 40 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service and to carry out 100 hour unpaid work. He also ordered the defendant to pay £85 costs, a £95 victim surcharge and handed him a five-year sexual harm prevention order.