A California man has been found guilty of putting his semen in a colleague’s water bottle and on her workspace after she rejected his advances.
Stevens Millancastro, 30, was convicted Monday on assault and battery charges stemming from his attempts to retaliate against the woman in La Palma between November 2016 and January 2017, the Mercury News reported.
Prosecutors allege that Millancastro was obsessed with his coworker, asked her out on a date, and then began to incessantly stare at her after she turned him down.
The woman asked her boss to tell him to cut it out, but when that didn’t stop him she filed a complaint with the HR department, prosecutors said.
Then on several occasions, the woman came to work to find a murky substance in her half-full water bottle, the outlet reported.
Her boss agreed to set up a surveillance camera to monitor her desk then reviewed the footage when she came into the office on another morning and discovered a “milky white substance” on her keyboard, prosecutors said.
The footage was turned over to detectives who determined that Millancastro waited until the woman left then smeared something using tissues on her keyboard and mouse, the outlet reported.
Police also found Millancastro’s semen in her water bottle and a bottle of honey she put every day in her tea, the report said.
During the trial, the woman testified that Millancastro made her feel “very, very uncomfortable,” and that she was disgusted by his conduct, the outlet reported.
Millancastro’s attorney, Michael Morrison, acknowledged that his client’s behavior was “highly inappropriate,” but denied that he was acting out of sexual gratification.
Instead, he claimed that Millancastro was retaliating against the woman over the HR complaint, and was afraid of losing his job or a promotion, the report said.
Millancastro is set to be sentenced Oct. 6, and he faces up to two years and six months in prison, the outlet reported.
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