Santa Ana councilman Bustamante arrested on over a dozen charges, including 6 felonies

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A press conference has been scheduled for Tuesday after Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante was arrested on a whole series of charges — ranging from false imprisonment to grand theft to attempted sexual battery.

The former administration manager for Orange County Public Works was arrested Monday on six felony counts of false imprisonment, three counts of assault and one count each of stalking, attempted sexual battery and grand theft by false pretense.

Misdemeanor counts include battery, assault, sexual battery and attempted sexual battery ("as a result of sexual compulsion and for the purpose of sexual gratification," according to O.C. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas).

Last September, Bustamante was accused in an anonymous letter sent to the O.C. Watchdog of having affairs with four employees, all of whom worked under him.

"If the truth be told, 100 percent of the planning staff is silently aware of this and more than 60 percent of the OCPW [Orange County Public Works] staff is aware and, yes, most OCPW executive management chose to cast a blind eye," the letter to the Register claimed. "Everyone is afraid of retribution in the current difficult job environment."

The councilman vehemently denied the charges, but did resign from his county job a month later. Bustamonte describes his post-county work as being "in the private sector as a business entrepreneur."

The O.C. District Attorney's office reportedly began investigations into the sexual misconduct charges in March, according to the O.C. Register.

Carlos' wife Adriana is a second grade teacher with the Santa Ana Unified School District. The couple have three children.

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