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Sonoma County Supes Censure 'No Peeking' Carrillo Who Says He Won't Resign

Efren Carrillo.
Efren Carrillo.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today censured the actions of Supervisor Efren Carrillo and told him he should resign his 5th District seat because of an incident at a female neighbor's apartment in July.

Carrillo, 33, informed the board and the public at the start of the three-hour hearing that he has no intention to resign.

His announcement was met with both applause and boos.

Carrillo's term ends in 2016.

The supervisor was acquitted on April 28 of misdemeanor attempting to peek in his neighbor's Santa Rosa apartment on July 13.
  
The jury was deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal on a misdemeanor charge of peeking. Supervisor Shirlee Zane was the most adamant of the four board members to call for Carrillo to resign.

She said Carrillo lost the public's trust and she urged him to step down for the good of the county and himself.

 "I call for your resignation," Zane said.
  
Supervisors Susan Gorin and Mike McGuire asked Carrillo to resign and board chair David Rabbitt said he would resign if he were in Carrillo's situation and asked Carrillo to consider doing so.

The board members said they believed it would be difficult to work with Carrillo until his term expires.

During his trial, Carrillo testified he went to the woman's apartment to drink and to possibly have sex with her.

He denied looking into her windows but admitted putting his hand through a screen over her bedroom window.

Carrillo blamed his alcoholism and his ego for his behavior. He entered an alcoholic treatment facility for several weeks after he was arrested and returned to the board in August, when he made a public apology.

At the beginning of today's meeting, Carrillo said his honesty and candor during his testimony "contributed to this recent firestorm" to resign.

He said he regrets his actions, has publicly apologized and will apologize to his neighbor, identified only as Jane Doe, privately in a letter.

The board can't force Carrillo to resign.

Voters in his district could recall him in a special election or choose not to re-elect him should he run again for a third term on the board.

About 50 people spoke on the issue during a public comment period that lasted more than two hours at today's meeting.

About a dozen members of the public urged Carrillo to stay on the board.

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Juror Flip-Flops: No Verdict Yet In Efren Carrillo 'Peeking' Trial.

Carrillo on Stand: 'Big Ego' & 'Huge Mistake' -- Peeking Case Now Goes To Jury.

Day 2 Carrillo Trial: Defense Says Dismiss This 'Peek Free' Case; Judge Says No.

Day 1 (Cont.) 'Peeking' Trial: Jane Doe 'Scared Out Of Mind' By 'Tearing' At Bedroom Window Screen.

Day 1 of 'Peeking' Trial: Jane Doe's Testimony Begins in Case Against Supervisor Carrillo.

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--Bay City News
BonV May 07, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Just because you apologize, Mr. Carillo, doesn't mean people are required to give you a second chance, trust you, work with you, etc. I find it hard to believe that anyone with half a brain would think that Mr. Carillo's behavior was anything but predatory and bizarre.
BonV May 07, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Revision: "would not think that..."
Darris May 07, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Unfortunately there are (or should be) consequences for bad behavior. Alcoholism and ego are no excuse for bad behavior. We see this dismissal throughout our weak culture with regard to crimes committed by public figures, actors, sports icons, etc. It's a bit tough to tell our kids that there are consequences for their behavior when what they see all around them is that if you're good looking, popular, are a mega star or make a lot of money, you get away with terrorizing people or torturing animals or even murder. I stand by Ms. Zane and the other board members calling for Mr. Carrillo's resignation. It's the right thing to do.
Wendy May 07, 2014 at 05:11 PM
If he has 2 more years, they should start a recall - The fact that he went through the justice system doesn't negate his behavior - even within the justice system, alcohol is not a defense. The fact that they couldn't find he formed "intent" to peek in the window, this man was still out, in his underwear, looking for sex with a neighbor. If he won't resign, then let's recall!
Concerned Citizen May 07, 2014 at 05:51 PM
If a significant part of the 5th District (West Russian River region), could muster up the support to Recall 2 Fire District Board members for what their sins, surely they and the rest of the 5th district voters can recall Carrillo for his repugnant actions. Any Private or Public Sector Employee would lose their job in a situation like this due to most MOU's containing Moral Turpitude Clauses. But Carrillo know's he'd lose a Six Figure Income and be permanently unemployed if he left doing it the right way, (resigning). Now he's getting paid Tax Payer dollars, having ZERO responsibilities, giving him time to line up his ducks in a row in the hope that 2 years from now he'll either get reelected by a miracle or get some other job, (hopefully our of Sonoma County).

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