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Woman Makes Horrible History By Pleading Guilty In First Ever 'Animal Crush' Video Case — Here Are The Disgusting Deets Of Her Animal Abuse

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This story is disgusting.

Ashley Nicole Richards, a 24-year-old in Houston, Texas, pled guilty on Tuesday to federal animal abuse charges related to "animal crush" videos she produced and distributed.

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Animal crush is a bizarre and awful sexual fetish where small animals like kittens, puppies and bunnies are maimed and/or killed by a performer (in this case, Richards) for the sexual gratification of those watching the video.

The story of Richards' torture is disgusting: she would stab small animals, chop off limbs, and urinate on them, all while making sexual comments towards the camera.

Shockingly, people would apparently find this sexually appealing…

What's even more disturbing, though, is the group of people involved in finding the performers like Richard who make these videos — and it's that group the Federal government is most interested in finding.

That's because Richards is the first person in the country to plead guilty to federal charges under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, signed into law by President Barack Obama.

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Prosecutors are considering asking for a reduced punishment for Richards, though, assuming she can flip on those around her and provide info to the feds about minors and adults who are being trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation.

We'll see if that works for Richards, but this whole animal abuse and cruelty thing… yuck. This is the absolute wrong kind of history to make, but hopefully it'll serve as a warning to people not to make any more of these videos.

She's still facing a possible 10-year state prison sentence, too, after she pled guilty to three counts of animal cruelty, in addition to all the federal charges pending against her.

[Image via Houston Police Department.]

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