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Former OC Official Arrested on Sex Counts

Carlos Bustamante, who still serves as a Santa Ana City Councilman, is accused of multiple counts, including stalking and sexual battery. In October, he resigned from the OC Public Works Department amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante was arrested Monday on multiple sex charges, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Bustamante was arrested at 4:30 p.m. on six felony counts of false imprisonment, three felony counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense and one felony count each of stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint and grand theft by false pretense, according to prosecutors. He also faces one misdemeanor count each of battery, assault, sexual battery and attempted sexual battery.

The charges include sentencing enhancements of committing the offenses
as a result of sexual compulsion and for the purpose of sexual gratification.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas was scheduled to release details of the arrest during a news conference Tuesday morning. No further details will be released before then, prosecutors said.

Bustamante resigned in October as executive manager with the Orange
County Public Works Department following allegations of sexual misconduct with co-workers. The resignation came after anonymous letters were sent to the Orange County Register making allegations against Bustamante.

Bustamante issued a statement last September denying the allegations.

--City News Service

Shirley July 03, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Competely Disgusting!
john noone July 03, 2012 at 03:14 PM
before getting the rope to hang the person accused, let's ensure the person is guilty with a fair impartial trial, judge, and jury. in today's society some accusations result in automatic guilt - these being in that category of crimes.
Shripathi Kamath July 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The jury has to be impartial. As does the judge. And he'll have a fair trial. In the courtroom.
Sasha G July 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
DA Tony R. doesn't go for it (indict) without having enough evidence to convict. The man is a god in my book. We will see how his trial plays out but Mr. Bustamante sounds like another moron in power who thought he could get away with his acts of hatred against women.

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