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Houston woman pleads guilty to filming animal torture porn

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Ashley Richards, 24, filmed eight videos of herself torturing and killing animals for the sexual pleasure of her viewers, police in Houston, Texas, say. (Photo: Houston Police Department)

WARNING: The following article contains graphic descriptions of animal abuse that may be disturbing to some readers.

HOUSTON, Texas – A Houston woman pleaded guilty to charges she filmed herself torturing and killing small animals for the sexual enjoyment of her viewers.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ashley Nicole Richards, 24, filmed eight “animal crush” videos of herself mutilating and killing puppies, kittens and chickens between February 2010 and August 2012.

“Animal crush” videos depict women intentionally crushing, burning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise causing serious injury to small animals with the purpose of achieving sexual gratification for their viewers. These videos have been illegal since 2010, prosecutors said.

Authorities say in one 13-minute video entitled “Pupp2,” Richards is seen mutilating and killing a blue pit bull-mix puppy with its mouth bound with duct tape.

Richards is seen striking the dog numerous times with a meat cleaver, cutting off one of his paws, then its head and neck, prosecutors said. She beheads the dog and urinates on its body. In another video, she steps on a cat’s eye with a high heel shoe, prosecutors said.

Richards appears “scantily clad” in the videos, wearing a mardi gras type mask. She also speaks to the viewer in a sexual manner throughout the videos, prosecutors said.

She was arrested on state charges in August 2012, and indicted by a federal grand jury in November of that year. On Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to all five counts against her – four counts of producing and one count of distributing animal crush videos.

She will be sentenced in December. She faces up to seven years in federal prison on each count of conviction, and a possible $250,000 fine.