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Police: DNA Links Man To Semen In Yogurt

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Albuquerque, NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A 31-year-old man accused of giving his semen disguised as a free yogurt sample may face a battery charge for the incident, police say.

Albuquerque police said DNA tests showed Sunflower Market employee Anthony Garcia gave his semen to a female customer disguised as a free yogurt sample, and police sources said the man may have tried the same thing at a different Sunflower location.

2011-02-09_INT_Police - DNA Links Man To Semen In Yogurt_01“The Albuquerque Police Department confirmed that the sample taken last week from the Sunflower Market was semen,” said Trish Hoffman, of the Albuquerque Police Department. “It was confirmed that the sample was from Anthony Garcia.”

Police said Garcia was booked on an outstanding warrant for a criminal sexual contact of a minor, but it's what he's accused of doing inside a store that has received national attention.

Investigators said Garcia offered a female customer a sample of what he said was Greek yogurt, but she called the police. The police did a DNA test and now, Garcia may face a battery charge.

2011-02-09_INT_Police - DNA Links Man To Semen In Yogurt_02Police said that another allegation has been waged against Garcia after the first victim accused him of passing off semen as yogurt.

“(We) have never dealt with a case like this in all the years (that) I've been in law enforcement. It's horrific. It's horrific for the victim,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman said even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is involved with the investigation.

“If in fact there was a tampering with the food, (FDA officials) could possibly seek charges,” Hoffman said.

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