Posted on July 28, 2012


Source: Skyvalleychronicle

Councilman Carlos Bustamante, charged with 12 felonies and four misdemeanors in connection with alleged battery and sexual assault of seven of his subordinates.

(ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) — Orange County California’s top official resigned Thursday amid criticism of how government leaders handled allegations that a county public works executive sexually assaulted multiple women over an eight-year span, according to a new report in the Los Angeles Times.

The county Supervisor John Moorlach announced Chief Executive Tom Mauk’s resignation, effective Aug. 3 as just the latest in a series of departures from county government since Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante was charged with 12 felonies and four misdemeanors in connection with the alleged battery and sexual assault over years of seven of his subordinates.

Bustamante on Thursday pleaded not guilty to six felony counts of false imprisonment, three felony counts of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, and single counts of stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint and grand theft for misusing public funds. He also faces misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, assault and battery.

Bustamante, a councilman since 2004, has maintained his innocence since resigning last fall from his post as an executive in the public works department.

According to the new L.A. Times report the charges raise serious questions about how Orange County handles internal investigations of alleged wrongdoing in the workplace.

In the Bustamante case, the paper says one investigation was assigned to a subordinate staff member, and another was quietly filed away for months.

The findings were turned over to prosecutors with the Orange County district attorney’s office in March, a full year after the first allegations about Bustamante’s behavior surfaced says the report which can be found here