A state lawmaker wants to make it a crime for someone to add bodily fluids to another person's food or drink, after an incident last year highlighted that it is not against the law, the Associated Press reports.
The bill, proposed by State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, a prosecutor from Brooklyn Center and Sen. John Hoffman of Champlin, was prompted by news coverage of the case in August, in which a Blaine man was accused of ejaculating into a co-worker's coffee and onto her desk multiple times in an attempt to get her to notice him.
The man was initially charged with two misdemeanor sexual conduct charges. But a Ramsey County judge later dismissed them, ruling that the man's conduct did not break the law because there was no "nonconsensual touching" of the victim in a sexual manner, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Under the bill, placing bodily fluids into a substance intended for human consumption would be a misdemeanor.
The offense could rise to a felony if someone ingests the substance, and penalties would be enhanced if the victim is a child or certain other circumstances, according to the Pioneer Press.
A House committee approved the measure unanimously on Wednesday, and it goes to the House floor for action.