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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FDA Orders Cease-and-Desist on Silicon Valley Man's Sperm

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM

click to enlarge The FDA is a real boner killer
  • The FDA is a real boner killer

There's plenty of opportunities to help the 99 percent. For Trent Arsenault, a Fremont resident and Silicon Valley security expert, he prefers giving away his sperm -- for free -- to help those in need.

Arsenault, 36, has been donating his sperm online to couples since 2006, and while he's given away enough sperm to have fathered more than a dozen kids of all different races, the government is worried he could be giving away more than just his sperm.

According to news outlets, the FDA views his in-kind donation as another way of possibly spreading not-so-kind diseases. The FDA has issued a cease-and-desist order, telling Arsenault that he must stop donating his sperm or potentially face a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

According to the letter sent, the FDA claimed that Arsenault runs a "firm" that "recovers and distributes semen and therefore is a manufacturer of human cells, tissues and cellular and tissue-based products."

Inspectors are also concerned about his record-keeping, explaining that he did not "provide sufficient documentation."

The FDA estimates that Arsenault  made 328 semen donations to 46 different recipients between 2006 and 2010. He is pledging to fight the order, arguing that the contract between him and his clients make them sexually intimate partners.

In his defense, how is it any different (or less intimate for that matter) than having sex with a random stranger after a night at the bar?

"Maybe some of my techie genes will produce one of the next scientists here in Silicon Valley," Arsenault told the San Jose Mercury News.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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