NEW BRIGHTON, MN – For Pat Maahs of New Brighton, Minnesota, that old song about “You’re the cream in my coffee” took on a new meaning when it came to the cream in her coffee.
Last August, she noticed a male co-worker looking strange while standing near her desk.
“He looked over his shoulder, had the deer-in-the-headlights look and promptly left the room,” she 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 what she thought was bad coffee for six months was something else.
“And I went, 'Oh my goodness, because that's when I put it all together. That's what I was actually tasting in my coffee from previous occasions."
The co-worker faced two counts of criminal sexual conduct, but he got off because what he did is not covered by the Minnesota penal code.
State representative Debra Hilstrom is trying to change that with her bill that redefines criminal sexual activity. "If you put your bodily fluids in someone else's food that counts for criminal sexual conduct as well."
The bill makes such actions a felony, and if convicted, a person would have to register as a predatory offender.