CITRA, Fla. – A Marion County man has been arrested after deputies said he confessed to having sex with a miniature pony.
Nicholas Anthony Sardo, 21, faces four counts of bestiality/sexual contact with an animal.
In October, witnesses alerted authorities that Sardo was abusing the animal, a male pony named Jackie G, deputies said.
When deputies confronted Sardo, he admitted to having sex with the animal several times in a pasture on a property owned by his family in Citra. He told deputies that he wore a condom because he didn't want to get a disease from the pony.
Sardo also told the detective that he knew what he was doing was wrong and that he was a "sick man."
Jackie G. is owned by one of Sardo's relatives, and the pony is still in the family's care, deputies said.