Marian Wegiel, 63, told cops that he was trying to comfort a female horse in a corral, heard a loud noise and he might have inadvertently put his fingers inside one of the horses, Shelton police said.
Police went to the corral on Partridge Lane at 6:15 p.m. on Monday after receiving a report about a man who appeared to be touching the horse in a sexual manner and the horse appeared to be in pain, police said.
Wegiel, 63, told police about trying to comfort the horse and the loud noise, police said. The owner of the horse farm said the activity was going on for about 10 minutes.
Shelton police said they have never seen anything like this.
Wegiel has been charged forth-degree sexual assault, cruelty to animals, third-degree criminal trespass and second-degree breach of peace.
Three horses were in the corral, but only the one female horse appeared to be touched, police said.
The homeowner called a veterinarian who inspected the horses and said they fear this could happen again.
Wegiel was released after posting a $500.00 bond and is due in Derby Court on Nov. 1.