POMONA — A 35-year-old woman accused of stomping mice and rats to death in a fetish "crush video" pleaded no contest to three felony counts of animal cruelty.
Diane Aileen Chaffin of La Puente was placed on three years' probation by Pomona Superior Court Judge David S. Milton after entering her plea Monday. The judge suspended a three-year prison term, but ordered Chaffin to serve a year in jail or perform the equivalent in community service, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Manuel Garcia.
Chaffin and Anaheim resident Gary Lynn Thomason, 48, were arrested in August after a yearlong undercover investigation of crush videos. The tapes are sold over the Internet, presumably to people who obtain sexual pleasure from watching a woman crush rats, mice and other small animals.
Chaffin was the star of "The 'Tails' of Charlie's Ankles." In a video shown at her preliminary hearing, a woman in high-heeled sandals and other shoes could be heard taunting and then crushing mice.