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Cook convicted of sexual assault in O.C. jail

May 16, 2011 |  4:32 pm

A Fullerton man who worked as a cook at the Orange County jail was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting two female inmates he supervised.

James Arroyo, 54, pleased guilty to four misdemeanor counts that included sexual battery in connection with the February assaults, the Orange County district attorney's office said. James Arroyo

Prosecutors alleged that Arroyo touched the breasts of a 47-year-old woman who worked in the jail kitchen after following her into a closet and that he repeatedly harassed her with comments about her breasts.

Arroyo was also charged with cornering a 23-year-old woman in a storage room and forcing her to kiss him, prosecutors said. Arroyo also repeatedly harassed that woman by making sexually charged comments and brushing his hands against her body, according to prosecutors.

He was sentenced to 270 days in jail and five years of formal probation and required to register as a sex offender, according to the district attorney's office.


O.C. jail cook charged with sexually assaulting two women 

— Robert J. Lopez

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