59-year-old Rupert Darwin, a fisherman who lives on the outskirts of the remote town of Everglades City in Florida, has been arrested for having sex with an alligator.

The man sexually assaulted the reptile multiple times a day for the last month. A hiker who walked near his house saw him having sex with a 12-foot alligator that was tied and blindfolded. The man later reported the incident to the police.

In his statement, Mr. Darwin told the police, “The gator tried to eat me and this was revenge, pure and simple. I don’t have no sexual attraction to gators, but I wanted to teach her a lesson. I could have just killed her, but that would have been too easy. She was getting what she deserved.”

Darwin was arrested on multiple counts of animal cruelty and one count of illegally keeping a wild animal. The alligator is being treated for relatively minor injuries and is expected to be released back into the wild within a couple of weeks.

This story has been confirmed as a hoax and was started by a site known to do such stories in the hopes that they go viral.