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Feds warn Fremont man who gives out his sperm for free

December 20, 2011 |  8:42 am

Trent Arsenault
Trent Arsenault is spreading his seed for free and the feds are not amused.

The 36-year-old Fremont man has been offering his sperm free of cost to needy couples for five years, mostly in the Bay Area, according to ABC News.com. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently stepped in and threatened to fine him or shut him down.

They call his service a commercial operation and say he doesn't adequately test for communicable diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis and chlamydia. Arsenault could be fined $100,000 or spend a year in jail. He is appealing.

Arsenault, who is 6-foot-1 and of French, Irish and German descent, said he feels called to provide sperm as "my version of love." The son of evangelicals and a former U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, Arsenault says he has fathered 14 children with several more on the way.

Many of his recipients are lesbian couples who are grateful for a cost-free donor whom they can personally meet and introduce to future progeny, according to ABC News.com.

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Photo: Trent Arsenault holds a magazine Dec. 15 at his home in Fremont. Credit: Lacy Atkins / San Francisco Chronicle

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