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A 21-year-old man appeared in court yesterday after being charged with the attempted rape of a jogger in Central Park. But Saul Alvarez does not see what he did as a crime — no, in his opinion, it was just a “prank.” As a result of this ridiculously horrifying belief, Alvarez pled not guilty to the attempted rape charge at his arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court.

“I knew she was going to scream but I didn’t think that she was going to call the police. It was to scare her,” the alleged rapist said in one of the most twisted statements I’ve heard in a long, long time. “My prank was supposed to be to scare her by grabbing her from behind and taking her down to the ground.”

So, why did he think it was okay to “scare” a woman like this? Because her eyes. Yes, really. From the NY Daily News:

Authorities say Alvarez, 21, approached the jogger about 10:45 p.m. on June 28 near Laskar Pool, threw her to the ground, covered her mouth and tried to drag her off the path, but she managed to break free. He was arrested about a half hour later and began blab to investigators, saying “her eyes made me think that she had a good sense of humor and she was a good person to play the prank on.”

This is not funny, obviously. It is not even funny in that unfunny way rape jokes are to people who find rape jokes funny (I do not, personally, but I am not under the impression that all people who do are rapists or something equally horrifying). This is literally using “it was a joke” as a defense for attempting to rape someone. A human being’s life and wellbeing are not hilarious knock-knocks, and the fact that this guy thinks they can be is indicative of a real moral compass issue — and not somebody who likely feels remorse about it. Hopefully, anyone judging this case sees that, and doesn’t let him off without serious repercussions.

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