Utah State Employee Fired, Charged with Sexual Battery After Skirt-Pulling Incident

Utah State Employee Fired, Charged with Sexual Battery After Skirt-Pulling Incident
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In a shock­ing case of work­place mis­con­duct, a Utah woman employed by the state Attor­ney Gen­er­al’s office has been fired and charged with sex­u­al bat­tery after an inci­dent at a local restaurant.

Ida Loren­zo, 48, was cap­tured on video last month con­fronting a 19-year-old woman in the lob­by of a restau­rant in St. George, Utah. In the footage, Loren­zo can be seen pulling down the young wom­an’s skirt while telling her to “be aware of what she was show­ing, espe­cial­ly with small kids around.”

The vic­tim’s friends imme­di­ate­ly con­front­ed Loren­zo, telling her “You do not get to touch her.” Loren­zo report­ed­ly flashed a badge and claimed she “worked for the state,” threat­en­ing to call child pro­tec­tive services.

Fol­low­ing the inci­dent, the young woman con­tact­ed police to report that she had been “sex­u­al­ly assault­ed” by Loren­zo. Author­i­ties charged the 48-year-old with a Class A mis­de­meanor of sex­u­al battery.

Just one day after the charges were filed, records show that Loren­zo’s employ­ment with the Wash­ing­ton Coun­ty office of the state Attor­ney Gen­er­al was ter­mi­nat­ed. The ter­mi­na­tion let­ter cit­ed her “non­com­pli­ance with poli­cies and stan­dards relat­ed to per­for­mance” as the rea­son for the decision.

This case has sparked out­rage over the brazen actions of a pub­lic ser­vant, high­light­ing the need for account­abil­i­ty and appro­pri­ate con­duct in the work­place. The swift ter­mi­na­tion of Loren­zo’s employ­ment, cou­pled with the crim­i­nal charges, sends a strong mes­sage that such behav­ior will not be tolerated.

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