Egyptian pleads guilty in NYC hotel sex-assault

June 24, 2011 - 4:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian businessman has admitted kissing a housekeeper's face and touching her breasts without her permission at a posh New York City hotel.

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge in the encounter last month at the Pierre hotel. He already has completed five days of community service in a soup kitchen. His case will be closed without jail time or probation if he stays out of trouble for a year.

Defense lawyer Lori Cohen said the plea deal was "the most expeditious way" for Omar to return home to his ailing wife.

The 74-year-old chairman of state-run salt production firm El-Mex Salines Co. had faced a felony charge.