ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 12CF1964
Date: January 22, 2016
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former Santa Ana City Councilman and high-ranking executive for the County of Orange was sentenced today for sexually assaulting his subordinates and committing grand theft of public funds. Carlos Bustamante,50, Santa Ana, pleaded guilty Dec. 18, 2015, to one felony count of stalking, one felony count of attempted sexual battery by restraint, one felony count of grand theft by false pretense, two misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, one misdemeanor count of assault, and one misdemeanor count of attempted sexual battery. Bustamante was sentenced to 364 days in jail, five years of formal probation, ordered to pay restitution, and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Bustamante is required to surrender himself to custody Feb. 26, 2016, the time and location are to be determined and reported to the court at a hearing scheduled on Feb. 19, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
“I want to thank all victims and witnesses that bravely came forward in the face of fear and retaliation from a well-connected politician,” said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “No one is above the law, especially those who abuse their power of authority over their subordinates to sexually assault and harass them.” Continue reading