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Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante scandal: OC CEO Tom Mauk under fire

Carlos Bustamante appears in court on Thursday, July 5, 2012.

July 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
As the drama behind Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante's sexual harassment case continues to snowball, Orange County CEO Tom Mauk is coming under fire.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors gathered Friday for a closed-door meeting in Santa Ana. At issue is the handling of allegations against Bustamante while he was a county employee. During the meeting, no decision was made on the fate of Tom Mauk.

Bustamante is accused of sexually assaulting seven of his female co-workers while he was the director for Orange County Public Works. The 47-year-old is married with three children.

The supervisors are considering firing Mauk because they aren't happy with the way he handled the Bustamante situation in house. Many feel Mauk should have disciplined Bustamante years ago, seeing that a lot of the allegations go as far back as 2003.

Meanwhile, Bustamante could lose his current post as a Santa Ana city councilmember. His colleagues want him gone.

"When you're interfering with the city business, I really believe at this given time, my colleague should resign," said Santa Ana City Councilmember Michele Martinez. "I was hoping that he himself would write a letter of resignation. He hasn't done that."

Bustamante was in court on Thursday but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was rescheduled for July 26.

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