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Barbie-costumed bathroom attacker sentenced to 3 years, 6 months

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who wore a pink Barbie costume as he assaulted a woman in the women's restroom in a Big Lots store has been sentenced to three years and six months in county jail.

Because of time already served in custody, Gregory Phillip Schwartz, will spend about nine more months behind bars.

Schwartz, 41, was convicted in January of felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor counts of assault and shoplifting. The jury, however, acquitted him of assault with intent to commit rape.

Prosecutors said the victim -- identified only as Susan in court -- went into the Big Lots store in the Clairemont Town Square Shopping Center on the afternoon of Feb. 28, 2014, and entered the women's restroom while talking on her cell phone. She then noticed a man's bare feet in the stall next to her.

Schwartz crawled under a partition and grabbed the victim by the neck. She screamed, but he put his hand over her mouth and told her "Shhh," according to Deputy District Attorney Mary-Ellen Barrett.

The victim told authorities that her attacker then put his hands in his waist. Fearing he was about to unbutton his pants, she fought him off and ran out of the restroom.

Store surveillance video showed Schwartz emerge from the women's restroom wearing the Barbie costume and go into the men's restroom. He emerged minutes later wearing pants and a Padres jacket, and exited the store.

Defense attorney Brianne Murphy told the jury that Schwartz had been up for hours, "acting weird," drinking and using methamphetamine, prior to the encounter.

Schwartz was arrested in the Clairemont area two days after the attack. Police said at the time of his arrest that Schwartz was on probation for two misdemeanor convictions, including one for drugs.

Schwartz testified that he liked to dress up in women's clothing when he was high. He said he didn't try to rape the victim.

A doctor testified about a transvestic fetish that gives some people sexual gratification when they dress up in clothing more appropriate for the opposite sex when they're high on drugs.

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