Ex-Santa Ana Councilman To Stand Trial On Sexual Misconduct Charges

SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A judge Tuesday ordered former Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante to stand trial on various charges of sexual misconduct.

Bustamante will be arraigned June 10 on two felony counts of false imprisonment and single felony counts of stalking, attempted sexual battery by restraint and grand theft.

He is also still charged with misdemeanor counts of assault, battery touching an intimate part of another person and attempted touching of an intimate part of another person.

Prosecutors have accused Bustamante of sexually assaulting seven women between 2003 and 2012 while he worked at the Orange County Public Works Department.

Last week, several women, some of whom had romantic relationships with Bustamante, testified about the alleged unwanted sexual advances.

One woman said Bustamante allegedly masturbated in front of her in her office. Another said he hugged and kissed her twice in his office and groped her breast and buttocks.

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