MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 34-year-old Blaine man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge accusing him of ejaculating on a co-worker’s desk and in her coffee.
More serious charges were dropped for Robert John Lind back in November 2014, when the Ramsey County courts found that there was not enough evidence to provide probable cause that his actions constituted felony criminal sexual conduct.
So, the New Brighton City Attorney subsequently filed a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure (engaging in lewd and indecent behavior). On Thursday, Lind plead guilty to that charge.
According to the criminal complaint, an employee at Beisswenger’s hardware store in New Brighton called police on Aug. 26, 2014, saying she thought Lind, her co-worker, was leaving bodily fluids on her desk.
She told police that she had found Lind standing at her desk with his back turned toward her. Lind allegedly had both of his hands in front of him near his genitals.
According to the original complaint, when Lind noticed the woman he looked at her with a “deer in headlights” expression and quickly went into another room.
The woman told police she inspected her desk and noticed a strong odor that resembled urine, but was a bit different and strange.
She said her coffee smelled the same way and noted that she had had an ongoing issue with a experiencing a foul taste in her coffee.
On Aug. 28, 2014, Lind met with police. Lind told police that he liked his female coworker and was attracted to her. He admitted to ejaculating on her desk and into her coffee on Aug. 26.
According to the criminal complaint, Lind denied ejaculating into her coffee out of revenge because she had threatened to report his behavior.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said the fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct statute makes it a gross misdemeanor crime for a person to engage “in nonconsensual sexual contact.”
According to court documents, the specific definition of “sexual contact” includes intentional touching of genitals of an unwilling person, intentional touching of the clothing over the genitals of an unwilling person and seminal fluid touching the body or clothes covering the genitals of and unwilling person.
The definition does not include contact by sperm of seminal fluid of other clothes or possessions of an unwilling person, thus the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said that the details given in the complaint do not constitute probable cause to support the felony charges.
“Unfortunately, there are no other applicable felony charges that we can file at this time,” a spokesperson for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said.
Lind’s guilty plea was accepted by the judge Thursday. His sentencing is set for May 22, 2015.