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The mission of the Monterey County District Attorney's Office is to promote justice, ensure that the rights of victims are upheld by treating them with dignity, respect and compassion, and aggressively and fairly prosecuting those who violate the law.

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Contact: Emily Hickok, Deputy District Attorney (831) 647-7710

Post Date:05/14/2020 1:32 PM

Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni announced today that her Office has filed criminal charges against Jeffrey LeTowt, the proprietor of The Tuck Box restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea, for violating the State of California’s Stay-at-Home Order and Monterey County’s Shelter-in-Place Order (collectively, “Health Orders”), by providing table service to patrons at his restaurant and allowing customers to consume food on the premises, as well as by failing to wear a face covering while patrons are present and failing to implement social distancing protocols such as maintaining six-feet of space between individuals who are not part of the same household. 

Prior to filing the criminal complaint, the Carmel Police Department, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control each warned LeTowt that his actions violated the Health Orders and explained the consequences of such violations. 

LeTowt is charged with three misdemeanor counts of violating Government Code section 8665, each of which carries the possibility of up to a $1,000 fine and/or six months imprisonment. These Health Orders were issued to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our community.  Currently, restaurants in Monterey County are only allowed to provide delivery or carry out service, but may not allow customers to consume food on their premises or any gathering site.  

District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni stated, “Our community is facing an unprecedented public health threat. I want to commend all the individuals and businesses who are sacrificing so much to protect our community from this disease. While so many are doing their part, we cannot allow a business to defy these emergency public health orders and risk the progress that our community has made.” 
Reports that businesses are violating the Health Orders may be sent to the District Attorney’s Office at or or by calling (831) 755-5070.  

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