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Unappetizing Arrest: Employee at Colorado Safeway Grocery Store Accused of Ejaculating on Food

Colorado Safeway Employee Accused of Masturbating on Food Items
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Stephen Masalta accused of ejaculating onto food items while at work.

Mar. 19 2024, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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Officials in Colorado said a man has been arrested after he allegedly ejaculated on food items while working at a grocery store and committed other sexual offenses.

According to the Fort Collins Police Department, officials received reports of a man going into local coffee shops and “performing obscene behavior around employees and customers” beginning in the summer of 2023.

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Police told KMGH-TV that one of the alleged victims was a minor.

In February 2024, authorities identified the suspect as 32-year-old Stephen Masalta and he was arrested.

Police recently said they reviewed digital evidence from Masalta’s home and determined he committed additional crimes.

From December 2023 until February 2024, Masalta worked at a Safeway in Fort Collins. While employed at the supermarket, he allegedly masturbated and ejaculated on food items that were not commercially sealed, according to police.

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In a statement, a Safeway spokesperson told KMGH-TV, "At Safeway, the safety of our customers and associates is our top priority. We are deeply concerned about the allegations against the former associate, and we are cooperating with the Fort Collins Police and the Health Department in the ongoing investigation of this incident."

Masalta was charged with 14 counts of indecent exposure, two counts of attempted indecent exposure, four counts of attempted unlawful sexual contact, and 16 counts of attempted sexual assault on a child, authorities said.

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Additional charges are possible.

During a press conference, Fort Collins Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said investigators still have footage to review and are working to identify other possible victims.

Masalta was booked into the Larimer County jail and was being held on a $35,000 bond.

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