Twisted Mark Woollen is living in shame after being exposed as having a sexual obsession with horses.
The depraved 33-year-old was caught with his trousers round his ankles standing beside a horse and engaged in a sex act with it.
Now he has been given a six-month suspended jail term and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.
Magistrates in North Tyneside also heard how he had stolen items from the horses and was found in possession of amphetamines and cannabis.
Mark Brennan, prosecuting, said: “A witness went into one stable and a man, identified as Woollen, was standing behind a horse
“He ran off when spotted and the witness said she believed he had been having sex with it.
“At another stable a horse owner arrived and saw the stable of his horse Molly had been opened. Woollen had his trousers down and his hands in between his legs. Another time Woollen was seen to be riding Molly with no trousers on.
“On his arrest he said `I’ve been a fool to myself’. He told police he had given in to the temptation of having sex with horses. He admitted riding without his trousers for sexual gratification.”
Woollen admitted intercourse with an animal and asked for seven similar offences to be taken into account.
He also pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of drugs and one of theft, with four other thefts of riding equipment to be taken into consideration.
Woollen was given the six month jail term, suspended for two years, and given a supervision order for two years and told to do 100 hours community work.
After the case Molly’s owner, Jean Day, said: “I’m really pleased he has been put on the sex offender’s register but I was hoping he would go to jail to be honest.
“It was like having a member of your family raped, that’s how bad it was. Molly’s our horse and has been for 13 years. It terrible to think what she has gone through. Woollen disgusts me and he should be ashamed of himself.”
Woollen, of Goathland Avenue, Longbenton, was caught exposing himself and indecently assaulting Molly at East Benton Stables, off Station Road, Wallsend, in March.
Elizabeth Dunbar, mitigating, said: “He is extremely distraught for himself and his family who have had to endure harassment and upset from third parties who have read certain items in the press.
“Clearly he has many problems which have culminated in these events.
“He has recognised he has a problem and wants everything out in the open so he can get the help he needs. He needs help rather than punishment.”