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Robin Abcarian: She was assaulted by a city employee. It was caught on video, but jurors let him off

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Three years ago, over Memorial Day weekend, Camille Chavez was hanging with a friend in a bar in Avila Beach, the tiny seaside town on the Central Coast.

Nearby, Avila Beach's fifth annual Tequila Festival was winding down. Chavez, a high school special education teacher in Santa Maria, is not a fan of tequila, but she wanted to see the headlining band, Ozomatli.

After dinner at the Custom House restaurant, she bumped into her friend Isaac McCormack. The pair decided to grab a drink inside a beachfront bar called Mr. Rick's. McCormack ordered at the bar while Chavez stood behind him, her arms affectionately draped around his neck.

As the bartender served them a bottle of

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