Steakhouse customer accused of pulling teen’s skirt down at restaurant is fired from job at Utah AG’s office: report

The irate steakhouse customer accused of pulling down a teen’s skirt in public last month has been fired from her job with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, according to a report.

Ida Ann Lorenzo, 48, was hired as a legal secretary with the AG’s office on March 4, but was relieved of her duties on April 25 — the same day she was hit with criminal charges stemming from the steakhouse incident, the termination letter obtained by KSL read.

“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,” the letter stated.

“Your noncompliance with policies and standards related to performance contributed to this decision.”

Lorenzo was charged with sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor, for allegedly yanking down a 19-year-old girl’s skirt in the lobby of Sakura Japanese Steakhouse on April 20.

The aftermath of the incident was captured in a viral TikTok video in which Lorenzo was heard telling the alleged victim her “ass cheeks” were hanging out and threatening to call child services.

During the 36-second video, the young woman’s friends yelled at Lorenzo after the alleged altercation.

“You do not get to touch her,” the group said.

Lorenzo appeared to flash a badge at the group of girls and told them she was a Utah state employee.

The TikTok has been viewed over 13 million times since being posted last month.

Following mounting backlash online from the viral altercation, Lorenzo contacted police, saying she felt a “threat on her life” after being accused of sexually harassing the teen in the St. George restaurant.

In the body camera footage taken inside the police station on April 22, Lorenzo claimed she saw the teen’s “entire (vagina) and butt cheeks” while in the packed restaurant’s lobby with children around — adding that a young boy allegedly pointed out the girl’s short skirt. 

She admitted to tugging on the teen’s skirt, but alleged that her hands never touched the girl’s skin.

The officer she was seen speaking with told her it wasn’t “her job” to physically take matters into her own hands and that she should have called the police.

Police said the teen whose skirt was allegedly pulled down by Lorenzo also contacted them to report that “she was sexually assaulted while in the lobby” of the restaurant.

The now-canned state employee “approached the woman and pulled her skirt down and told her to be aware of what she was showing, especially with small kids around; this caused all the people with her to accuse (Lorenzo) of sexually assaulting the female,” according to a police booking affidavit obtained by the outlet.

Other witnesses also filed police reports about the incident at the steakhouse.

Lorenzo was arrested at the St. George police station on April 24 after officers went to talk with the alleged victim to get her side of the story.

She told police she allegedly felt Lorenzo’s “cold hands against [her] skin” while in the lobby, the outlet reported, citing the affidavit.

The teen said aside from the “physical side of things,” she’s “mentally struggling” with what happened, in bodycam footage released by the department.

Lorenzo was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane and released after posting bail.

She is scheduled to appear in court in June.

In Utah, sexual battery is a Class A misdemeanor and can be punished by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. 

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