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Orange County CEO resigns amid sex scandal

Posted: July 27, 2012 10:00 a.m.
Updated: July 26, 2012 10:07 p.m.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The CEO of Orange County resigned Thursday after facing scrutiny over the handling of allegations that one of his managers sexually assaulted subordinates.

County CEO Tom Mauk's resignation came on the same day Carlos Bustamante, a Santa Ana City Councilman, pleaded not guilty to a dozen felony charges.

Bustamante allegedly sexually assaulted at least seven women who worked for him between 2003 and 2011 while he worked in the county Public Works Department, prosecutors said.

Mauk is the third executive who oversaw Bustamante to have left or gone on medical leave since the scandal broke. He will continue to get his monthly salary of $21,130 for 10 months, and $1,465 for health benefits over that period.

County officials would not say whether Mauk's resignation was related to the scandal.

Bustamante is charged with six felonies, including false imprisonment, assault with intent to comment a sexual offense, stalking and other charges.

Bustamante allegedly called women into his office under the pretense of discussing work and then hugged, kissed and groped them and sometimes masturbated in front of them, prosecutors said.

Bustamante's defense attorney James Riddet said the charges should be dismissed because prosecutors made inflammatory comments.

Bustamante's hearing is set for Aug. 30.


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