SANTA ANA – A Santa Ana councilman has been accused of sexual harassment.
A former county administrator has filed a claim alleging that at least seven women on government property were sexually harassed over a period of eight years.
Carlos Bustamante, the Santa Ana councilman and a former administrator in the Public Works Department, was charged with 12 felonies, including stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint and six counts of false imprisonment.
Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach has planned on terminating Tom Mauk and appointing an interim county executive officer while the allegations are investigated.
“We just need some time for the five of us to discuss personnel matters,” said Moorlach.
According to prosecutors, Bustamante used his position of power in the Public Works Department to sexually harass the victims. He has been accused of luring women into his office under the pretense of discussing work-related matters, and then groping them, kissing them, or engaging in other sexually abusive behavior.
Prosecutors said they will continue the investigation to uncover if anyone in the county government was aware of the sexual harassment.
“We will be talking to everyone who will be able to shed light on these questions,” said Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas.
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