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Westminster Tailor's Assistant Faces Jail for Touching Bride's Breasts During a Fitting

January 10, 2003|Monte Morin | Times Staff Writer

A tailor's assistant faces up to a year in jail after he reached into the dress of a woman having her bridal gown adjusted and fondled her breasts, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Fong Tran Dinh, 34, of Westminster was convicted Thursday of misdemeanor sexual battery following an incident in March 2002 at his father's Westminster Mall tailor shop, Tommie's Tailoring. Dinh, who is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 18, has been ordered by the court to stop working as a tailor and cannot contact the victim.

Prosecutors are now asking the public to report any similar incidents at the shop or with Dinh to Westminster police.

"No matter how long ago it was, we want other victims to come forward," said Susan Schroeder, district attorney spokeswoman.

The 24-year-old victim said she was visiting Tommie's Tailoring to have her bridal dress adjusted when she was touched. She told authorities she was standing in front of a mirror wearing the dress when Dinh touched her breasts at least eight times.

The victim grew fearful, Schroeder said. After touching the outside of her dress, Dinh reached inside and began rubbing her breasts, Schroeder said. He left the room quickly when a female employee entered.

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