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Emily Welker, Published September 17 2013

Taco Bell worker accused in customer-groping case in Fargo set to plead guilty

FARGO – A Taco Bell worker accused of groping the breasts of two customers in the drive-thru and offering one of them free food in exchange is set to change his plea to guilty.

Austin James Brady, 20, of Fargo, is set to change his plea Oct. 21 in Cass County District Court in the criminal case against him.

Brady had pleaded not guilty to breaking into a vehicle, a Class C felony, and a count of sexual assault as a Class B misdemeanor in connection with incidents involving drive-thru customers at the Taco Bell at 2121 S. University Drive.

Charges filed in June allege in two separate incidents at about 2 a.m. in March and April, Brady asked a driver to pull out of the drive-thru lane and then grabbed the breasts of one of the women in the vehicle when he brought the food.

In the March incident, Brady told one of the women he would give them free food if they would party with him, police allege in court records.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541