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6Dec/12Off

Lake Forest Votes To Repeal Sex Offender Law

The parents of children who live in Lake Forest may want to think twice before letting their children go to the park without adult supervision. Children in Lake Forest may be exposed to hidden dangers that may rob them of their innocence.

The Lake Forest City Council has voted to repeal an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from parks, saying the city can’t afford the potential legal liability of the controversial law.

Location map of Lake Forest, California within...

Location map of Lake Forest, California within Orange County, California. Created using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Category:California city locator maps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In doing so, Lake Forest becomes the first Orange County city to reject the law, which Orange County prosecutors have lobbied local governments to adopt. The repeal requires a second vote by the council, which is scheduled for December 18.

About half of Orange County’s 34 cities have adopted the law, which bars registered sex offenders from parks and beaches. And of those cities, nearly half are being sued.

The law’s legality became murky last month after a panel of Superior Court judges overturned the conviction of a registered sex offender who was sentenced to 100 days in jail for attending a 2011 Cinco de Mayo celebration in Orange County’s Mile Square Park.

The judges also asked the state Court of Appeal to review the case and the law’s legality, pointing out that restrictions on sex offenders are made by the state legislature.

The appeals court has until December 15 to decide whether to take up the case.

The Orange County district attorney has pushed cities to adopt the law, even as Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has told deputies to stop enforcing it. The Sheriff’s Department oversees law enforcement in much of South Orange County, including Lake Forest.

City Council members asked District Attorney Tony Rackauckas whether his agency would indemnify the city for damages from lawsuits challenging the ban’s constitutionality. One such suit against Lake Forest and three other Orange County cities is pending in federal court.

Rackauckas told council members Tuesday they shouldn’t buckle under such threats from sex offenders. He added the request for indemnification was “a grandstand play.”

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3Jul/12Off

Santa Ana City Councilman Busted

Voters in Santa Ana need to be more selective in their voting habits and pay close attention to members of their city council.

A former Orange County official and current Santa Ana City Councilman lured women into his office during business hours, cornered them and proceeded to hug, kiss and grope them, according to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

English: This is a locator map showing Orange ...

English: This is a locator map showing Orange County in California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carlos Bustamante, who has been charged with sexually assaulting seven women and committing grand theft of public funds, allegedly targeted victims whom he worked with at the Orange County Public Works Department.

Rackauckas said Bustamante, who was a former county executive, would frequently comment on the victims’ physical appearance and made sexual comments about them, sometimes around other people.

He would call or email women and ask them to come into his office for work-related matters but would then close the door and corner them.

“Many of his victims believed that Bustamante’s office was sound-proofed and that if they screamed, nobody would hear them anyway,” Rackauckas said.

In a period of eight years, the victims were assaulted in cubicles, offices, stairwells and vehicles, Rackauckas said.

Bustamante allegedly stalked one of his victims after she refused to continue a sexual relationship with him, according to the district attorney.

In a news conference Tuesday, Rackauckas said the women believed that Bustamante was very “well-connected” and was seen as being friendly with the county’s human resources manager.

One woman even mentioned that Bustamante seemed “untouchable.”

Prosecutors intend to introduce evidence regarding 12 additional alleged victims; they could not charge Bustamante with the crimes because of the statute of limitations, they said.

Bustamante resigned from his county post in October amid allegations of sexual assault.

An anonymous letter triggered a county investigation, and a report was forwarded to the district attorney’s office in March.

Investigators are seeking additional information about the alleged crimes.

“The investigation still has a long ways to go,” Rackauckas said.

Bustamante is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Santa Ana.

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