California to Pay $450,000 to Settle DMV Groping Case

Four women who claim they were fondled by their DMV instructor during driving tests have settled a lawsuit against the state of California.

The state will pay out a total of $450,000 to the women, who claim that former DMV instructor Calvin Hoang Cat groped them while on driving tests in isolated areas of the Redwood City hills.

They say Cat would ask the women - then minors - to park the car
next to a curb without touching it. If they failed, he allegedly asked them to lean over his lap to better see the rearview mirror, then touched them on their hips and breasts.

Cat was fired and pleaded no contest to inappropriately touching 14 girls on the job. He was sentenced to a year and a half in jail.
Information from: SAN MATEO DAILY JOURNAL,

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