Local

Preliminary Hearing Begins For OC Councilman Accused Of Sex Assault

View Comments
Carlos Bustamante (pictured) faces several charges for alleged crimes against women stemming from his time as head of Orange County Public Works.(credit: CBS)

Carlos Bustamante (pictured) faces several charges for alleged crimes against women stemming from his time as head of Orange County Public Works.(credit: CBS)

Top Features
textalerts180 Preliminary Hearing Begins For OC Councilman Accused Of Sex Assault

SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A preliminary hearing began Monday morning for a former Santa Ana City Councilman accused of sex assault.

Carlos Bustamante was arrested in July 2012 for the alleged sex assault of seven women while he was employed by Orange County Public Works between 2003 and 2012.

He is charged with six counts of false imprisonment, three counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense and one count each of stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint and grand theft by false pretense.

Bustamante also faces one misdemeanor count each of battery, assault, sexual battery and attempted sexual battery.

He could face approximately 28 years in prison if convicted.

The hearing is scheduled to last nine days.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,445 other followers