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A woman was accused of sexually assaulting an employee in the fitting room of Southlake Mall's Victoria's Secret store and slapping another employee on the buttocks on her way out.

Tina Marie Rice, 38, was charged with two counts of sexual battery, one count of criminal confinement and two counts of battery, according to court records.

At 8:14 p.m. Nov. 28, Hobart police went to Victoria's Secret in Hobart's Southlake Mall in response to a report of sexual battery, according to police reports.

A Victoria's Secret employee, referred to as "A.H." by police, told officers Rice selected a pair of woman's underwear and asked for a fitting room that evening. While in the fitting room, A.H. said Rice removed her underwear and turned around, showing the employee her buttocks.

Rice then allegedly said, “It's going to get personal."

She then put on the underwear and asked A.H. her opinion, to which the employee replied they looked nice.

While still in the fitting room, Rice stepped toward A.H. and lifted up her shirt above her stomach and simultaneously pulled down the employee's pants slightly, stating, “Wow, you're cleanly shaved,” according to police reports.

The employee then left the fitting room and eventually stayed in the employee break room until Rice left. She later told police that Rice was standing between her and the fitting room door during the encounter.

On Rice's way out, she allegedly slapped another female employee on the buttocks.

At 3:59 p.m. Nov. 30, Hobart police returned to the women's undergarments shop when staff reported that Rice had returned, according to police records. Police identified Rice and escorted her to the police station inside Southlake Mall where she was detained for a short period of time.

Police revisited the investigation on Dec. 21 and spoke with the two staff members who Rice allegedly sexually assaulted.

A probable cause affidavit was filed on Thursday and warrant for Rice's arrest was issued the same day.

According to court records, Rice remains at large.

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Breaking News/Crime Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.