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Woman in St. George skirt-pulling incident fired from Utah AG’s office, records show

May 23, 2024, 7:33 AM | Updated: 7:46 am

A woman charged last month with sexual battery after she allegedly tugged on another woman's skirt ...

A woman charged last month with sexual battery after she allegedly tugged on another woman's skirt at a restaurant in St. George was fired from the Utah Attorney General's Office after the incident went viral, newly released documents show. A woman charged last month with sexual battery after she allegedly tugged on another woman's skirt at a restaurant in St. George was fired from the Utah Attorney General's Office after the incident went viral, newly released documents show. (KSL-TV)

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ST. GEORGE — A woman charged last month with sexual battery after a skirt-pulling incident where she tugged on another woman’s skirt at a restaurant in St. George was fired from the Utah Attorney General’s Office, newly released documents show.

Part of the incident at a crowded restaurant was captured on video and shared on social media, where it went viral. The video shows a woman apparently confronting someone and saying, “I happen to work for the state,” while displaying what appears to be an ID badge and threatening to call child protective services.

During the 36-second video, the friends of the woman wearing the skirt can be heard saying she’s 19 years old and, “You do not get to touch her.”

Police say Ida Lorenzo, 48, of Santa Clara, later called 911 to report harassment in connection to the previous night at the restaurant and the video shared on social media. Lorenzo was later charged in 5th District Court on April 25 with sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.

The same day, her employment with the Utah Attorney General’s Office in Washington County was terminated, according to records released Wednesday to KSL through a public records request.

She had been hired March 4 as a legal secretary, the records show.

“I am writing to inform you that you have not passed your probationary employment period successfully and today, April 25, 2024, you are being separated from state employment with the Attorney General’s Office. Your noncompliance with policies and standards related to performance contributed to this decision,” the termination letter states.

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Woman in St. George skirt-pulling incident fired from Utah AG’s office, records show