A former employee of the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter has pleaded guilty to acting as principal in a crime against nature.

According to a statement released by the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, 43-year-old Booker Thomas of Shreveport admitted to District Judge John D. Mosely Jr., Thursday that he had encouraged a female coworker to have sex with a pit bull he owned.

The coworker committed the act December 9, 2016, but it was not reported until February 16, 2017. That was when the coworker told Shreveport Police investigators Thomas, who she met through work at the shelter, had encouraged her to have sex with the dog, an act the woman said was recorded on a cell phone by Thomas.

However, a recording of the incident never was recovered and when Thomas was questioned, he denied that any such incident occurred. But a search warrant for Thomas’ phone revealed text messages between him and his coworker discussing the incident. The phone also revealed a video of his dog engaged in a sex act with another woman.

The female coworker, 24-year-old Celina Ann Cabrera, pleaded guilty as charged to crimes against nature in June of 2017. She was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor, suspended, with 18 months active supervised probation.

Thomas faced up to five years in prison at hard labor and a fine of up to $2,000. But as part of a plea agreement, Thomas was sentenced to three years at hard labor, suspended, and three years active supervised probation.

Thomas also was ordered to relinquish custody of all animals, not just the animal involved in this incident, to Caddo Parish Animal Control. And as special conditions of probation, he cannot harbor, own or possess any animals for a period of five years; cannot reside in a household where any animal is present for five years; cannot engage in an occupation, paid or unpaid, involving animals or participate in a volunteer position in any establishment where animals are present for a period of five years; and undergo a psychological evaluation for sex offenders and participate in any recommended psychological treatment. He must pay any costs associated with any evaluation or treatment ordered by the court.