A 22-year-old Kingsteignton man, who admitted having sex with a dog, was told he will go to jail. Steven Deacon also admitted a number of sex charges involving a boy when he appeared before Exeter Crown Court.

Deacon pleaded guilty to six charges of indecently assaulting the boy between 1999 and 2004.

He also admitted two charges of sexually assaulting the boy and one of raping him.

His plea of not guilty to a second offence of raping the boy was accepted by the prosecution.

The offences were committed on the boy when he was between 10 and 15 years old.

Deacon pleaded guilty to two charges of intercourse with a living animal, a female dog, between 2004 and 2006.

He also admitted engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child in 2004.

Defence counsel Jonathan Barnes told the court: "It is one of those sad cases where events began when the defendant himself was a young person and, it may well be, a disturbed young person."

Judge Jeremy Griggs granted Deacon conditional bail, and adjourned the case for six weeks to enable pre-sentence and psychiatric reports to be prepared.

He told Deacon: "You know there is inevitably going to be an immediate custodial term", adding that he had the "courage" to plead guilty at the earliest stage.

The judge ordered that Deacon should go on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

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