December 19, 2006
By Khadija Ali staff writer
WHEATON -- A 17-year-old is facing criminal charges after ejaculating into a ranch salad dressing bottle and leaving it out for consumption in his high school's cafeteria.
Marco Raphael G. Castro, a resident of unincorporated DuPage County, surrendered himself to the Wheaton Police Department at about 12:30 p.m. Monday.
A senior at Wheaton North High School, Castro is facing charges of attempted aggravated battery and disorderly conduct for ejaculating into a salad dressing bottle Dec. 6, Wheaton police said.
Castro was released Monday after paying 10 percent of his $15,000 bond, police Cmdr. Joe Eversole said.
Eversole said the crime is a Class A misdemeanor, meaning at most Castro could face one year behind bars.
"I think it is unlikely that he would get (that harsh a sentence), but it's still up to the judge," Eversole said.
Castro is scheduled to appear in DuPage County court Jan. 24.
According to court documents, Castro also was stopped by Winfield police Oct. 30 for speeding; he was sentenced to court supervision.
Friends in his corner
Although most students on Monday said they were "grossed out" by the incident, Castro's classmates had different things to say about him. Some described him as a "troublemaker," a "partier" and even a "goofy guy."
However, his friends say Castro is a good-natured guy who is funny.
"He's a real nice kid," senior Petey Johns said. "He was able to make up jokes on the spot."
Senior Zane Roebuck used to skate with Castro their freshman and sophomore years.
"He was a nice kid and did a lot of goofy stuff, but everyone likes him," Roebuck said.
Roebuck also believes the incident received too much attention in the media.
"I was surprised at what he did, but this was blown out of proportion," he said. "It shouldn't have made national news."
Heather Simpson, whose daughter attends Wheaton North, did not hear about the incident until she read a letter from Principal Jill Bullo explaining what had happened.
"This is disgusting news," Simpson said. "It makes you wonder what kind of a guy he is."
Castro got the idea from a stunt in the film, "Jackass: Number Two," according to a published report. "Jackass" originated as a show on MTV.
"I don't understand where a 17-year-old makes the connection between the show and that this is OK," Simpson said.
Some students have said they are certain Castro ejaculated into condiment bottles more than once over the past month. But Denie Young, director of communications for School District 200, said Dec. 6 is the only confirmed instance; Castro confessed to the act Dec. 12.
Bullo said Wheaton North never has faced such a serious health issue during her time at the school.
Despite students' obvious disgust over the incident, Young said parents have sent supportive e-mails, saying the school handled the situation in an appropriate manner.
Although there is a "low chance" of spreading an infection or sexually transmitted disease in food that is contaminated by semen, Castro was tested by the DuPage County Health Department.
As soon as the results are released, parents of students who may have ingested the dressing will be notified by the Health Department.
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This is not funny nor remotely a joke......
Just plain nasty! What if this guy had some sort of infectious disease .....