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09/19/2019 14:02 EDT | Updated 09/19/2019 22:11 EDT

Naked Swimmer Who Jumped Into Toronto Shark Tank Admits Mischief

A video showing the B.C. man swimming at an aquarium went viral.

Toronto Police Service via The Canadian Press
British Columbia's David Weaver, 37, is seen in this undated police handout photo.

TORONTO — A British Columbia man accused of stripping naked and jumping into a shark tank at a Toronto aquarium has pleaded guilty to mischief.

David Weaver, of Nelson, B.C., was arrested and charged last October, four days after the incident went viral. 

Police say he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in downtown Toronto on Oct. 12, bought a ticket, then stripped naked and jumped into the facility’s shark tank. 

A large crowd was at the aquarium that night and some in attendance took videos of the incident.

The videos, which attracted international attention after surfacing on social media, show a naked man swimming in the tank with sand tiger sharks, sawfish and moray eels.

The man then starts to climb out of the tank before performing a back dive into the water.

Officials have said the man then got out and got dressed but left behind a T-shirt and his jacket.

Police have said by the time they arrived at the aquarium, the man had fled.

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This censored screenshot from a YouTube video shows a man swimming naked in an enclosure that includes sharks in October 2018 at the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto.

Weaver was arrested near Thunder Bay, Ont., — hundreds of kilometres away — during a vehicle stop.

Police have also alleged that earlier on Oct. 12, Weaver assaulted a man outside Medieval Times, a jousting-themed dinner theatre. A window was also allegedly broken.

Weaver was charged with assault and mischief in that earlier incident, which is now being dealt with separately by the court, and will face trial on those charges in late October.