[UPDATED, W/Perp Walk Photo!] Carlos Bustamante, Santa Ana Councilmember, Arrested on Sex Crime Charges
See updates--including a HILARIOUS mugshot of Busted-amonte AND a perp-walk shot--at the end of this post
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 5 P.M.: Just got a press release from the Orange County District Attorney's office that SanTana councilmember Carlos "Busty" Bustamante was arrested this afternoon and is being charged for a litany of sex crimes.
The full kit-'n'-caboodle of charges, according to the press release: "six felony counts of false imprisonment, three felony counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, one felony count each of stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint, and grand theft by false pretense, and one misdemeanor count each of battery, assault, sexual battery, and attempted sexual battery with a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing the offenses as a result of sexual compulsion and for the purpose of sexual gratification."
Bustamante, of course, has a long history of being a pig. More--much more--as the situation becomes clearer. Press conference tomorrow--see you there!
UPDATE, 8 PM: According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Bustamante--who listed his occupation not as Republican politician but as "consultant"--is in custody inside the county's central jail intake center. He will likely remain there until either he or his brother, Alfonso Bustamante, pays $100,000*** in bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 5.
Santa Ana Electoral Dysfunction: The councilman inside OC Jail
UPDATE, 4 AM, JULY 3, 2012: Home in time for Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jail deputies must not have liked to have Bustamante around or, on the contrary, perhaps he's related to two or three of them. In what is probably a speed record, the officers released him at 11:23 p.m. last night after about six hours. Their normal practice is to discharge people at 3 or 4 a.m. when it's most inconvenient.
***Officials later changed the bail amount to $0, according to OCSD records.
OC DA Tony Rackauckas told reporters at a press conference today that Busty's arrest was on charges he sexually harassed workers under his former job with the county as director of administrative services for O.C. Public Works, which he resigned from last October after a county investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. According to Rackauckas, Busty would ask women into his office, corner them, grab their ass and breasts, and would even wank it in front of some of his victims.
"When they attempted to escape from the office, he cornered them to prevent them from leaving," Rackauckas said, according to LAIst. "He pinned them against walls, hugged them tightly, close enough the victims describe that when he was hugging them--squeezing them--they could feel his erect penis through the clothes."
All together now: EWWWWWW...
UPDATE, 3:12 P.M.: And here's the perp-walk picture!
OC DA's office
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HILARIOUS! What's amazing is that this is the EXACT look Busted always has on his face when he's in deep thought: that of a brainless pendejo.
With additional reporting by R. Scott Moxley.
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