Grocer who handed out samples of yogurt contaminated with semen gets two years in prison
Anthony Garcia has been sentenced to two years in prison for contaminating yogurt with his sperm and letting an unsuspecting customer taste it
A man has been sentenced to two years in prison for contaminating food with semen.
Anthony Garcia admitted to adding a sample of the bodily fluid to a sample of yogurt while working at a grocery store in 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 spat 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 admitted to being charged with adulterating food and making false statements during a criminal investigation.
He admitted lying to investigators by telling them he was unaware that the spoon he placed in the yogurt contained semen.
The incident happened in January last year.
In addition to jail time, Garcia will face three years of supervised release after serving his sentence.
He was also ordered to pay compensation to the victim of his criminal conduct.
According to court documents, the investigation revealed that Garcia had similarly targeted at least four other women.
In handing down the sentence, the judge described Garcia’s behavior as “horrific.”
Several customers at the supermarket where Garcia worked were targeted by the 32-year-old
U.S. Attorney Gonzales said, “The behavior at issue in this case is not a joke and it is not funny. It is criminal, and the punishment imposed on Garcia should serve as a warning to those who deliberately adulterate food to harm innocent consumers, or as malicious jokes, 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 Office 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 applaud the US Attorney’s Office for their commitment to this case.”