A St. Lucie County man has been accused of trying to teach a boy a lesson by shooting him with a pellet gun.

According to a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office arrest report, 39-year-old Christopher Fred Cady shot the boy in the chest with the pellet gun, a Christmas gift, after the child shot an autistic cousin with the gun.

Cady reportedly was trying to show the boy that getting shot with a pellet gun can hurt.

According to online records, Cady was booked into St. Lucie County jail Friday. He was charged with cruelty toward child without great harm and was being held on $500 bond. It's unclear if he already has an attorney.

Cady was also charged with violating sex offender laws by failing to report a name or residence change.