Grocer who handed out samples of semen-smeared yogurt gets two years in prison
Anthony Garcia gets two years in prison for contaminating yogurt with his sperm and giving it to an unsuspecting customer to taste
A man has been jailed for two years for contaminating food with sperm.
Anthony Garcia admitted adding a sample of the body fluid to a sample of yogurt while working at a grocery store Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He then approached a female customer and offered her a sample of the yogurt.
According to the court, the customer took the sample, tasted it, immediately spit it out and asked to speak to the store manager.
Garcia then threw the yogurt sample into the store’s trash compactor.
The 32-year-old was charged with adulterating food and making false statements during a criminal investigation.
He admitted to lying to the researchers by telling them he didn’t know the spoon he put in the yogurt contained sperm.
The incident happened in January last year.
Along with the jail term, Garcia will be released under surveillance for three years after completing his sentence.
He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim for his criminal behavior.
According to court records, the investigation revealed that Garcia targeted at least four other women in a similar manner.
In an imposing sentence, the judge described Garcia’s behavior as “appalling.”
Several customers at the supermarket where Garcia worked were targeted by the 32-year-old
US Attorney Gonzales said: “The behavior at stake in this case is not a joke, nor is it funny. It is criminal and the sentence imposed on Garcia should serve as a warning to those who intentionally adulterate food to harm innocent consumers, or as malicious pranks, or for deviant sexual gratification.
“My Office will continue to work with the FDA to vigorously investigate and prosecute this type of criminal behavior.”
Patrick J. Holland, special agent in charge of the FDA’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, said: ‘This sentence aptly reflects the seriousness of this crime.’
The FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who adulterate food at the expense of unsuspecting consumers. We commend the US Attorney’s Office for their commitment to this case.”