A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after prosecutors said he stabbed a woman with a syringe filled with semen at a Maryland grocery store.
Thomas Stemen, 52, has been sentenced at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Tuesday on charges of first and second degree assault in the February 2020 incident at a supermarket in Churchton, Md., State Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in a statement.
He pleaded guilty to Alford, meaning he pleaded guilty without admitting to committing the crime, and his prison term will be followed by five years of probation.
“The actions of the accused were truly horrible,” she said. “He intentionally went out into our community for the purpose of assaulting unsuspecting women.”
In February 2020, a shopper reported that she was assaulted while returning her cart in the parking lot of a grocery store, the statement said.
Surveillance video showed Stemen following the woman into the shopping cart area of the store and pulling something out of her pocket before hitting her.The woman steps back out of the store and he continues to follow her.
The woman told police she asked if she had been burned with a cigarette and the suspect replied, “Yes, it was like a bee sting, right?
The woman later said that she discovered a small red sore bite. The wound began to swell the next day and she sought medical treatment.
After Anne Arundel County Police released the video and asked for information from the public, they received advice which led them to Stemen. He was arrested a few days later and authorities found the clothes worn in the attack and additional needles in his car and at his home during a search.
A few days after Stemen’s arrest,the fluid inside matched his DNA and a criminal lab identified it as semen.
Stemen was also seen on surveillance video pouncing on two other women, including a 17-year-old girl, prosecutors said.
Stemen is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center, prison records show.