Judge Orders Councilman To Stay Away From 7 Women He Allegedly Stalked, Imprisoned and Assaulted
A judge has ordered a Santa Ana councilman accused of sexually assaulting female county workers to stay away from his accusers.Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante appeared in court yesterday for his arraignment, which ended up getting postponed until July 24, according to the Orange County Register. But the judge in the case did ask the councilman to relinquish his firearms and cease any communication with the mostly young, female, latina county workers who allege that he sexually assaulted, imprisoned and stalked them for more than a decade.
Bustamante resigned from his position as the director of administrative services for Orange County Public Works in October due to the unraveling scandal. However, he has maintained his position as a council member despite his arrest as he walked to a city council meeting on Monday night.
Two Santa Ana councilmen told the OC Register that Bustamante should resign from the council, where he has served since 2004. Councilman Sal Tinajero said, "I don't think he is in the right state of mind to serve as a representative of the people, and I don't think it's safe for women employees of the city to have him working within the city building at this time."
The scandal is far-reaching throughout the department where he worked. The District Attorney's Office says that it has interviewed 50 witnesses in the case. In addition to the seven women who are accusing him of sexual assault and harassment, there are 12 other women who have made similar allegations from before Bustamante's tenure in the county. The statute of limitations has run out in those cases and the DA cannot bring those charges against him.
Still Rackauckas says he is continuing to ask for the public's help in the case because he believes the investigation "has just scratched the surface."
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is meeting today to decide whether to fire or discipline Chief Executive Officer Tom Mauk because of the Bustamante sex scandal, according to City News Service.