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Saturday March 3, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Man Who Put Semen in Yogurt Samples Gets 2 Years in Prison

LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Man Who Put Semen in Yogurt Samples Gets 2 Years in Prison

Photo: Anthony Garcia gets 2 years in prison for tainting yogurt with semen

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The New Mexico man convicted of putting his semen in yogurt samples he was giving out to female customers at the grocery store he worked at has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Anthony Garcia, 32, was named in a two-count indictment in a U.S. District Court for allegedly giving a woman a yogurt containing his semen. The second count is for making false statements to the police.

According to the police report from the Albuquerque Police Department, the victim told officers that she was shopping at the grocery store with her daughter when a “pushy” store clerk, Garcia, offered her a yogurt sample.

She tasted the yogurt and said she immediately thought it tasted “gross and disgusting” and cops noted that she “said it tasted like ‘semen.’”

DNA was taken from Garcia and the yogurt sample, and tests confirmed that his semen was in yogurt the shopper consumed.

A federal judge denied Garcia bail, stating that his behavior was getting worse, and that he’s a danger to society.

He has at least three prior offenses on his record including being detained for indecent exposure and masturbating in public. Garcia is also not allowed to live with children, though he violated that order by living with his sister and her 14-year-old son at the time of arrest.

He pled not guilty to the changes in July, but in October took a deal and entered a guilty plea to a two-count indictment charging him with adulterating food with semen, and making false statements to federal investigators during a criminal investigation. Garcia faced the maximum sentence of three years for contaminating the yogurt, and a maximum of five years for providing a false statement.

Despite his record, he was only given 2 years in prison and will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. Garcia was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim of his criminal conduct.