Judge John D. Conley on Friday dismissed several sex-related felony charges against Carlos Bustamante, a former Santa Ana City Councilman and Orange County Public Works administrator, who still faces felony counts of false imprisonment, stalking, attempted sexual battery and grand theft, plus four misdemeanors, according to the O.C. Register.
Conley’s ruling mirrors a previous ruling from Judge Kazuharu Makino, who oversaw Bustamante’s preliminary hearing in May 2014. Makino tossed out multiple felony charges for lack of evidence.
Since all of this happened Bustamante has left the Santa Ana City Council and his wife allegedly divorced him. He has been making a living advising local businesses on planning and building issues. He is also an investor in a new restaurant, Wursthaus, that is opening soon in Downtown Santa Ana. I believe he also draws an income from a number of rental properties.
Bustamante is due back in court Feb. 6 for a pretrial hearing.