Man charged with sex crimes, admits tainting co-worker's coffee

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A Blaine man is accused of ejaculating into his co-worker's coffee and at her desk multiple times in an attempt to get her to notice him, according to charges filed Thursday in Ramsey County District Court.

John R. Lind, 34, has been charged with fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and fifth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct after he admitted to police he'd ejaculated into his co-worker's coffee and onto her desk or other items numerous times, charges say.

According to the criminal complaint:

New Brighton police got a report from a woman who worked at Beisswengers hardware store who said she thought her coworker, Lind, was "leaving bodily fluids" in her workspace.

She told police she returned to her area the afternoon of Aug. 26 to notice him standing at her desk with his back to her and his hands near his genitals. He noticed her, he got a "deer in the headlights" look and quickly left the room.

The woman went to her desk and noticed a strong smell coming from the area and her coffee-filled cup. She also found a "large amount of clear liquid" on her desk and dripping onto the floor.

In an interview, Lind admitted to police he'd ejaculated onto the woman's desk and other items four different times, adding he knew it was wrong, but he did it anyway. He denied having done it to other women.

The woman told police she'd had an ongoing issue with a foul taste in her coffee, but just thought it was spoiled cream. She hadn't considered it may have been tampered with until that day.

She said she'd had problems with Lind before, saying he'd approach her with his zipper down. She told him if he did that again she'd report him.

An employee at Beisswengers told the Pioneer Press that Lind no longer works there.

Lind was charged via summons, so he was not taken into custody, the Star Tribune notes. He is scheduled to be in court Sept. 29. If he's convicted of both counts, he could face a penalty of more than one year in prison and/or a $4,500 fine, WCCO says.

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