Updated: Jan 3
Delaware Online- Isabel Hughes
A woman who thought her co-worker had been messing with her food and drink for an "extended period of time" recently had her suspicions confirmed when the man confessed to police, court documents say.
Newark police charged 50-year-old Curtis Malloy with adulteration, a felony, for putting Pine-Sol in his co-worker's beverage in April, according to Newark Police Department spokesman Lt. Andrew Rubin.
Malloy's charges come as a result of a nine-month investigation that began after the April incident.
On April 10, the victim contacted police about suspicions she had that Malloy, who worked with her at J & A Grinding, had poured cleaning fluid in her drink, according to Rubin and court documents obtained by Delaware Online/The News Journal.
She told police she had left her drink at her desk and when she later picked it up, it smelled like Pine-Sol. She didn't drink it after that and turned it over to police, court documents say.
Newark detectives sent the drink to the Pennsylvania State Police crime lab, which later determined there was isopropyl alcohol, a chemical in Pine-Sol, in the beverage.
Detectives also obtained surveillance video from J & A Grinding, which showed Malloy at the victim's workstation "at times when he should not have been there," Rubin said.
When detectives interviewed Malloy, he admitted to pouring Pine-Sol in his co-worker's drink, saying he did so because she "recently teased him and he had been upset with her," court documents say.
Malloy turned himself in to Newark police on Monday and later appeared before the Justice of the Peace Court by video.
He was released on his own recognizance to later appear before the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas.
Attempts to reach J & A Grinding regarding the status of Malloy's employment there were unsuccessful.