In his attempt to evade convictions on multiple pervert-related criminal charges, Carlos Bustamante--the ex-Santa Ana city councilman and $179,000 a year county executive--is expected by prosecutors to employ a trial defense that could be summed up in a single word: ignorance.
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In other words, Bustamante--a married father with several kids--will hope future jurors believe he did not understand there could be a problem by subjecting six female government employees to unwelcomed kissing, hugging, fondling and sex demands--or that they would be disgusted by him masturbating in their presence during work.
But the onetime Republican Party rising star and a small project real estate developer who'd dreamed of becoming a county supervisor now may face a hurdle denying criminal intent about his alleged 2009-2011 activities.
Prosecutor Aleta Bryant and her investigators have obtained evidence that Bustamante's abusive conduct with women dates back to 1998 when he worked as a California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) investigator busting businesses serving booze to teenagers.More »