Inmate arrested after defacing a salad in jail kitchen

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - A convicted sex offender in the Manatee County Jail now faces additional charges after he reportedly performed illicit acts on food intended for a facility employee.

43-year-old Anthony Gentile was arrested last week and charged with Battery of Facility Employee by Expelling Fluids.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff's report, on June 2nd, Gentile was assigned to work in the Kitchen Prep Room at the jail.  Several witnesses described how Gentile shoved a salad spoon down the front of his pants, then placed the spoon back into the salad he was preparing.  He then placed his genitalia on the salad and then spat on the salad.

The victim reportedly tasted the salad without knowledge of what had been done to it.

In 2011, Gentile was arrested and later convicted of Lewd & Lascivious Battery on a 15-year-old girl that had been coerced into prostitution in Sarasota.