Man Pleads Guilty To Tainting Co-Workers' Yogurt With His Own Semen
A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to a charge of food tampering following allegations that he tainted yogurt cups with his own semen.
Authorities said that Joseph Bartorillo, 60, secretly injected semen into containers of yogurt brought to work by two female co-workers at a Procter & Gamble paper products plant in Wyoming County, Pa., The Scranton Times-Tribune reported.
"The victims began to notice something was wrong with their yogurts -- there were pin marks," said Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell. The yogurt also smelled and tasted bad, he said.
A motive for the crime hasn't yet been determined, but authorities said the incidents occurred at least 13 times, starting in July 2010 through May.
The newspaper quoted Mitchell as saying that no P&G products were contaminated in the incidents.
Bartorillo, a long-time employee who has no criminal record, faces more charges at the state level, Mitchell said.
A spokesman at the P&G plant said that Bartorillo was no longer an employee, but wouldn't say how he was caught.
Citing court documents, the Times-Tribune reported that Bartorillo reached a plea deal with prosecutors that calls for a two-year federal prison sentence. But a judge could reject the deal and sentence Bartorillo for up to 10 years in federal prison.
Bartorillo's plea comes just days after Anthony Garcia, a worker at the Sunflower Market in Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty to using his semen to taint samples of yogurt that he was handing out at the market in January.
The Associated Press reported he also admitted putting some of his semen on a plastic spoon that he placed with the yogurt. Garcia faces up to three years of imprisonment, AP said, to be followed by three years of supervised release.
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