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L.A. County health inspector charged with sexual battery

May 11, 2010 |  3:50 pm

A county health inspector was charged Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of sexual battery stemming from allegations that he groped the owner of a Pomona doughnut shop during an inspection in March.

Magdy Tawadros, 50, an environmental health specialist with the the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, was accused of groping the 45-year-old woman at her doughnut shop March 24 during a routine health inspection, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

The woman alleged that Tawadros assaulted her several times in a storage room while her husband was picking up their two children. She resisted, despite fears that the inspector would give her shop a bad grade, according to a claim for damages she filed last month with the county.

A security camera in the storage room recorded the alleged assault. A copy of the footage was sent to the county with the woman's claim, according to her attorney.

No date has been set for the arraignment. If convicted, Tawadros could be sentenced to a maximum of six months in jail and fined $2,000, prosecutors said.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Video: News report that aired last month showing surveillance video of the alleged assault. Credit: KTLA