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NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. (PIX11/CNN)— A Minnesota woman says a co-worker sexually assaulted her, but a judge dismissed the charges stating the man did not commit a sex crime.
Last August, Pat Maahs, an employee at Beisswenger’s Hardware store, noticed there was fluid on the desk around her cup of coffee after her co-worker was seen standing nearby.
“He looked over his shoulder, and the deer-in-the-headlights look and promptly left the room,” Maahs said. “And when he left the room, I looked down at the desk and here was a puddle on the desk.”
That’s when she realized he had ejaculated into her coffee cup. And it wasn’t the first time. Maahs thought she had been tasting spoiled coffee over the previous six months, but this was far worse.
“It is sexual assault,” Maahs said. “I was sexually assaulted.”
The co-worker was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct. However, the judge dismissed those charges, saying there was no sex law that existed that covered the behavior.
“This just says if you put your bodily fluids in someone else’s food, that counts for criminal sexual conduct as well,” Hilstrom said.
The proposed bill passed the public safety committee, and was headed to the house floor. If it passes, it would make the conduct of Maahs’s co-worker a felony, and they would have to register as a sex offender.