A Marion County farmhand accused of engaging in a sex act with a miniature donkey named Doodle says he wants her back, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.
Carlos Romero, 31, pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty, and Judge Steven Rogers set his bail at $2,000, the newspaper reported.
Romero said he believes that authorities put him in protective custody at the Marion County Jail in a ploy to keep him away from the 21-month-old donkey, and he vowed to get her back, according to the Star-Banner.
"I want my donkey back. There's got to be due process here. I paid $500 for her," Romero said.
Farm proprietor Gerald Joseph James told authorities that he saw Romero having sex with the donkey in his room on the night of Aug. 15 – but Romero reportedly described to Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies how he had intimate contact but not intercourse with the animal, the Star-Banner reported.
Romero told the paper that he brought Doodle to the farm in northwest Marion County a few months ago, and said that he has always felt an attraction toward animals.
Romero said that he has had sex with horses many times since he was 18 and likes their "feminine shape, behavior and raw power,” the Star-Banner reported.
He denied doing anything sexual to Doodle "because she's blooming into maturity," but acknowledged that he eventually would have, according to the Star-Banner.