DOCUMENT: Revolting, Crime

Man Charged With Vile Acts At Safeway Market

Cops: Employee pleasured self onto produce

MARCH 15--A supermarket employee pleasured himself onto produce and other unsealed merchandise, according to Colorado police who say that videos of the vile activity were found during a recent search of the man’s residence.

Stephen Masalta, 32, was busted last month on charges that he masturbated outside numerous coffee shops and businesses in the Fort Collins area.

At the time of Masalta’s arrest, cops executed a search warrant at his home and seized electronic devices containing incriminating video evidence. That cache--which investigators are still reviewing--resulted this week in additional misdemeanor and felony counts being filed against Masalta.

Since his February arrest, Masalta (seen at right) has been held in the Larimer County lockup in lieu of $25,000 bond. He is scheduled for a March 22 court appearance on the new counts.

The police probe of Masalta has determined that he was employed at a Safeway store in Fort Collins for a brief period ending last month.

Videos recorded by Masalta, police allege, show him masturbating onto produce and baked goods, all of which were not commercially sealed, inside the supermarket (pictured below).

The clips have allowed detectives to identify alleged victims, some of whom are believed to be minors. As a result, Masalta has been charged with 16 attempted sexual assault on a child counts. 

As the probe of Masalta continues, police anticipate additional charges and more victims being identified.

Until recently, Masalta appears to have resided in Sacramento, California.