A former worker at the Procter & Gamble paper plant in Wyoming County who injected his semen in the lunches of co-workers was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday by a federal judge in Scranton who called the man's actions despicable and disgusting.
Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Conaboy also imposed a $1,000 fine and two years' supervised release on Joseph Bartorillo, a 60-year-old Larksville man who pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products, a federal crime that carries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The two-year prison sentence was part of a plea agreement negotiated by defense attorney Demetrius Fannick and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Olshefski.
Mr. Bartorillo, who lost his job at P&G after 20 years with the company, is expected to enter a guilty plea to pending state charges in Wyoming County, Mr. Fannick said. Judge Conaboy said victims in the case have indicated civil suits may be filed.
Mr. Bartorillo was given until March 5 to report to federal prison. He told Judge Conaboy he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed."
The first hint of Mr. Bartorillo's perversion surfaced in the summer of 2010, when the first victim noticed pinholes in the foil covering yogurt containers. Months later, she overheard a coworker complaining her yogurt appeared tampered with and smelled foul. Police were called and a state police laboratory analysis revealed the yogurt had been contaminated with human semen, and DNA was extracted.
Hidden cameras were later set up in the lunchroom by the FBI. On May 31, 2011, the victims spotted the pinholes again and a review of the tapes showed Mr. Bartorillo in the lunchroom injecting something into the yogurt.
Mr. Bartorillo later told authorities he brought the semen from home and injected it into the yogurt.